Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Having lost “the most important election ever,” what should we expect? Not hysteria, but reasonable expectations, what’s coming next?
Marriage – the Hennepin County lawsuit will succeed. Gay marriage will be imposed on “equal protection” grounds. Immediately thereafter, Somali Muslim immigrants will file suit demanding plural marriages be recognized on the same grounds. The Archbishop should tell Catholic priests they are forbidden from performing civil marriages, they can perform religious marriages only, for which the parties must obtain a civil marriage elsewhere, to establish that the Church doesn’t discriminate against gays or Muslims and can’t be forced to perform marriages for them.
Elections – descendants of European Caucasians will continue to dwindle as a percentage of the population, being out-produced by births and immigration of minorities who bring the values of their former societies to ours, transforming our nation to theirs. Third-world election results will become standard.
Pistols – gun control advocates will push the UN Small Arms Treaty as an excuse to prohibit the sale of all pistols. President Obama will appoint Supreme Court justices who will decide the right to possess a pistol in the home for self-defense does not imply a right to acquire one or carry one outside the home or buy ammunition for one. The Court also will hold that crime detection and prevention requires every pistol owner to have the same government permission as a fully-automatic machine gun and uphold unlimited taxes on ammunition. Pistol owners should buy one or two pistols to turn in when the cops come, but hide one or two for use during natural disasters or riots, making sure to keep 9mm or .40 S&W pistols to ensure compatibility when theft from the military and law enforcement becomes the only source of ammunition.
Jobs – if you have one, do whatever it takes to keep it, there won’t be more created anytime soon. Expect your employer to drop your health insurance when the crowding-out effect of Obamacare makes the health insurance business unprofitable.
Foreign Policy – the United States will continue its ever-expanding bombing campaign in Africa but Muslim terrorists will continue to sting us, at home and abroad. The European Union will dissolve leaving its member states to fend for themselves. Several will default on their debts, elect new governments, adopt new currency and hope for the best. China will take the Spratley Islands oil fields from Japan and the United States will talk tough but do nothing to annoy our largest creditor.
Federal Budget – Democrats controlling Congress will raise tax rates on disfavored groups but the slow economy, declining workforce and Baby Boomer retirements will prevent tax rate increases from generating enough revenue to solve the Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare debt problems. The Federal Reserve Bank will continue to buy at least a trillion dollars per year of federal government debt, since no other creditor will touch it.
Money – The rising tide of un-payable federal debt will convince other nations the dollar is devalued to the point of being worthless. One nation will decline to accept dollars in payment for oil, causing a stampede of other nations to follow suit, and some other nation’s currency will be adopted as the international standard (probably the Swiss Franc or the German Mark after the Euro disappears).
Stocks – Wall Street fund managers will decline to buy worthless government bonds but domestic investment opportunities will lag as taxes increase and overseas investment opportunities will disappear when the dollar becomes worthless. Stock portfolios will collapse taking down the pension funds and retirement accounts that have invested in them. Retirees will not be forced to eat cat food – they’ll be forced to eat their cats, as food. Prudent people will learn to garden, hunt and can.
Electricity – Democrats will ban coal as fuel for power plants. America’s aging nuclear plants will shut down one by one as permits for repairs become impossible to obtain. Natural gas fired plants and wind farms will not be able to carry the load. Roving brown-outs will become common. Blackouts following natural disasters will take longer to recover. Radical home retrofits to use only the power generated by solar, geo-thermal or backyard windmills will be touted but too expensive for average homeowner. Homes in cold climates will be abandoned as people migrate South to survive.
Quality of Life – The price of gasoline will skyrocket when dollars can’t be used to purchase foreign oil and our own oil production is decades away because Democrats have blocked permits to produce it. The price of imported goods will skyrocket when dollars are worthless beyond our shores but domestic goods will not replace them, there being no remaining domestic production and startups too heavily burdened by regulations. Health care providers will fail because of low Obamacare reimbursement rates and facilities will be taken over by government in the manner of GM and Chrysler. Treatment for sick people will exhibit all the convenience, access and compassion of the DMV or the IRS.
I’ll be working on my own predictions before too terribly long here.
They differ from Joe’s only in degree, really.
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