Happy New Year to you and your family! Six years ago, on Sunday, January 1, 2006 I made a New Year’s Wish List (Below). My January 1, 2012 comments on each wish are in bold italics.
1. That the United States will aggressively embark on an energy policy designed to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Geo-political considerations are reason enough to expand our nuclear, coal, and alternative fuel sources. Thanks to President Obama we have become more dependent on foreign oil. He’s not even given approval to a pipeline from Canada to Texas for “environmental reasons.” The Canadians will ship the oil to China if we don’t build the pipeline.
2. That Iraqi citizens will have enough pride in their country to turn in terrorists and secure a peaceful future for their children. If Iraqis don’t care enough about their homeland to do this for themselves, they can’t expect us to spill our blood and treasure forever. Thankfully we’re out of Iraq now. The Iranians will rush in and Iraq will revert to the hell hole it once was. But silently in their homes at night the Iraqi’s will long for the days when the Americans were there, and how it felt to have this precious thing called “freedom”.
3. That the US economy will continue to be as resilient as it has been in the last four years. In spite of the shocks of 911, Iraq expenses and several hurricanes, our economy has compensated, recovered and continued to grow. The US economy is indeed resilient, but it might have met the one obstacle that will ruin it forever; Barack Obama.
4. That the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will search fewer 80 year-old grandmas and start searching more shifty-eyed nervous young men. What an ineffective, expensive bureaucracy the TSA has become. That’s what happens when you replace private firms and replace them with government agencies staffed by unionized employees.
5. That the United States can continue to “import” enough engineers, scientists, and physicians from South Asia to keep our country strong. They don’t teach “Self Esteem 101” in Indian high schools; they teach science and mathematics. Believe it or not we’re making it harder to import people with these skills. And our public education system is still a joke by international standards.
6. That we can continue to make progress in the treatment and cures for cancer, especially breast and ovarian cancer. In 2010 my wife has been diagnosed with cancer. What was a sentiment to me in 2006 has suddenly become a priority. God bless all of you who fight illness.
7. That Americans will exercise more and eat less. The societal costs of obesity are larger than any of us can imagine. I know this a great goal. I’ve gained 20 pounds since 2006; I need to take my own advice.
8. That Democrats will finally learn that profits are not evil but are the direct result of the creation of products and services that benefit society. Profits are good. Robin Hood is evil. Whatever hope existed that Democrats would learn economics has been dealt a severe blow, especially since Barack Obama has unleashed full-fledged class warfare.
9. That Republicans will stop their excessive federal spending and finally learn that a woman’s body belongs to her. This still hasn’t happened. The Republicans can’t moderate demands from the Christian right, making their appeal unacceptable to many voters who would otherwise vote for them. The country will suffer as a result.
10. That the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series. Hell has already frozen over twice with the Red Sox and White Sox, so now it is the Cubs’ turn! The Cubs have new owners and Theo Epstein as their general manager. I’m modifying my wish; that when the Cubs win the world series I will still be on this earth!