Where Is America Headed In The New Year 2013?

Just what will we be celebrating in 2013?

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The Christmas lights are bright, but the future is dim.

When it is Christmas time, we all want to be “home for the holidays” and, if possible, stay right there for New Year’s Eve and the New Year with its bowl games and all the excitement of starting fresh, with a clean slate, a clear conscience, and some clear idea of where our country is headed.

Getting that clear idea of where the country is headed might just be harder than getting home for Christmas and predicting the winner of each and every bowl game!

Our two major parties have clearly defined two different approaches to the country’s future. With one decision already made for them, the one that takes us over “the fiscal cliff” so that we find ourselves hoping that the barrel we are in is padded well enough for us to survive the fall…

This fall is not unlike going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, with one exception: 314,000,000 of us are occupying the same barrel!

Predictably the stock markets around the world have taken a sharp drop, too. And, if we survive this first plunge, there is another one coming which is potentially larger: the debt ceiling!

American saw this next one once before, and not that long ago. Spending had been out of control. It still is, though “the fiscal cliff” may have put a real damper on the future spending, while raising tax revenues, and limiting the growth of the debt significantly.

Now the question is two-fold: (1) will the draconian cuts Congress put in place should there be no agreement on a clear path forward, remain in place, and (2) once we have been forced into such major cuts (presuming the cuts and tax increases do remain in place) will anyone agree that raising the debt ceiling is still necessary---and, if so, by how much?

We are witnessing a classic duel of ideas. Do we spend and keep spending with no clear plan for the future? Or, do we finally admit that the trillions, 16.2 of them, if allowed to continue to grow out of control, will mean we are in a very real crisis which involves much more than just worrying about whether or not we all pay our fair share of taxes, and whether the stock market bites people’s pockets and pension plans again?

The outcome, much more than the results of the recent election, will determine not only where our country is headed in 2013, but for many more years to come.

Right now anyone’s guess is as good as mine, and I’ve given up guessing. 2012 has already proven that nobody has a real crystal ball!

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Right now it appears to be more of a "blame game" than anything else. Perhaps we have arrived at the point where we should just flip a coin and the winners get their own way.

If we did this with the full understanding that the winning side would then assume full and total responsibility for their actions, would they still be willing to do it? That would mean they would get 100% of the glory if their plan works, or 100% of the blame if the plan fails.

As strange as this sounds, it would be better than a plan full of compromises that weaken the plan and leave lots of room for finger pointing for failure.

Doing nothing is not the answer, and that is pretty much all we have seen for the past several years. Somebody needs to take the ball and run with it. We need some touchdowns and points on the scoreboard rather than more fumbles.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I don't think any of us know what is going to happen. We can look at other countries and past events. However we live in a different world today and as you say anyone's guess is as good as the next. Well done.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm lucky to still own my car. 2010 took my job and a divorce took the home I lived in. I've become accustomed to doing without. I've had to develop new ways of thinking to survive. Whatever happens, happens. What will be, will be. It is what it is...


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

Great hub. The future is pretty scary these days! I don't think anyone knows what they're doing...let's just pray for the best!


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Voters have made America's choices. Right now we have the same players until the new Congress, and the same chief executive afterwards. Citizen input continues to be important. What have you told your representatives and senators lately? Use what little influence the system gives you, or sit back and take what the system gives you from someone else's activism.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I write the White House, I sign petitions, I say my "peace", as my conscience directs me, despite the fact that I continue to see our leaders stuck in the same old gridlock. Beyond that, maintaining my civility, credibility, blood-pressure and my own mental health, demands that I accept the reality that except for in my own little world, change is out of my hands.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

The main problem is that the financial state of the union is in the hands of the central banks. As long as we keep borrowing, we continue to give them more strength.


Perspycacious 3 years ago

Amy and Glen: Republicans, continuously named as the party of Big Business and Big Banks, would then seem to still be "in charge"? That would be good to hear, if only because it would mean that somebody (anybody!) is still in charge! It has looked, at least in the recent past, that the Democrats are the "Charge it forward!" party, and the recent public rating of 9% approval for the Congress measns that "in charge" or "charge it forward" has left us all feeling as if the federal government is like a dead battery, with "no charge" left. That is just as well, for we will soon see that the multi-trillions of indebtedness have left us with little remaining credit, no matter who tries to raise our national credit limit.

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