Skip to comments.2012: A Tumultuous Year To Come (Oliver North)
Posted on 12/29/2011 3:55:51 PM PST by jazusamo
GEORGETOWN, S.C. A year ago, this column questioned whether the 112th Congress with its new speaker of the House, John Boehner could "overcome the inane policies of its predecessors" and "mend Washington's free-spending ways." We all know how that turned out.
This week, as we prepare to ring out 2011 and welcome 2012, President Barack Obama asked for Congress to authorize yet another increase in our national debt the third such rise in less than 15 months. Housing prices continue to slide; more than 13 million Americans are unemployed; government spending continues unabated; and America's credit rating is at risk of another downgrade. In January, barring action by Congress and the White House, U.S. defense spending cuts totaling $1.1 trillion over the next four years will begin to take effect. Such an outcome in the midst of these perilous times ought to be unthinkable.
Instead of putting tens of thousands of Americans to work building new ships, submarines, aircraft and a missile shield to protect the American people from nuclear attack, the Obama administration wants the federal government to create temporary jobs repaving highways, painting bridges and re-roofing public schools. Rather than have unemployed construction workers build a petroleum pipeline from Canada (and improve U.S. energy security), the Obama White House wastes billions on phony "green jobs." The administration has to hope we all will forget the word "Solyndra."
In a burst of year-end euphoria, progressive politicians, pundits and government economists are predicting that the worst of the "Bush-era recession" is behind us and that good times are just ahead. They pin their economic hopes for 2012 less on American entrepreneurs than they do on German taxpayers.
The experts are praying Berlin will continue to bail out European PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) and prevent an Old World financial collapse that would drag down the sale of U.S. goods and services on the Continent. Expect to see German Chancellor Angela Merkel feted at a White House state dinner early in the new year. A million or so American jobs could well depend on whether she likes the soup.
Jobs the word used most often by politicians running for office in 2012. Regardless of party, whether challenger or incumbent, every office seeker tells us he or she has a way of "creating," "protecting," "saving" or "improving" jobs for American workers. What few of our elected officials ever mention is how vulnerable these "well-paying" and "secure" jobs are to factors far more threatening than the European debt crisis. Here are the top three issues that should concern those who purport to care about our economic well-being in the year ahead:
1) An Iranian nuke. Just before Christmas, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told us Iran could have a workable nuclear weapon in 2012. He also knows but didn't say that the theocrats in Tehran already have the means of delivering it. Tel Aviv, Israel, is target No. 1. American civilians are No. 2 on the ayatollahs' hit parade. To Israelis, the expression "Never Again" isn't a political slogan. It's a way of life. They are not going to wait to be incinerated.
The Obama administration could stop the Iranians from building atomic weapons and perhaps even bring about regime change by forbidding any company doing any business in Iran from doing any business in the U.S. But unless the O-Team takes such a step, the Israelis will have to act pre-emptively to prevent annihilation. If you think the "2008-11 global recession" hurt, you don't want to contemplate what the world economy would be like after an attack on Iran's nuclear weapons sites.
2) The jihad. The "Arab Spring" once so proudly proclaimed to have been instigated by Obama's soaring rhetoric has become a nightmare for democratic aspirations in the Middle East. Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Moammar Gadhafi and Anwar al-Awlaki are dead, but the jihad being waged by radical Islamists is stronger than ever. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Sudan are headed for Shariah rather than secular governance in 2012. Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, Nigeria and even Saudi Arabia could follow suit soon. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom forecasts that Christianity could be eradicated in these countries. The economic impact of such an upheaval is potentially catastrophic.
3) The collapse of Russian democracy. Vladimir Putin is presiding over a dying country and he knows it. Though Russian energy exports to Europe and China currently fill the coffers of Moscow's kleptocracy and help rebuild Soviet-era nuclear weapons, the future for the land of the czars is bleak. Russia's population now 141.7 million drops by nearly 1 million per year. With an average male life span of just 59 years, look for 2012 to be the year Putin and his cronies do all they can to line their pockets at our expense.
Note to all running for office in 2012: The word "entitlement" does not appear in the Constitution. The words "provide for the common defence" do. Happy new year.
With the 2012 election coming up and things getting very bleak in America, I predict 2012 will be a year to remember.
The election in particular should be interesting, considering the race card will no doubt be played in spades.
Here's the real top-three.
1. The collapse of American Dollar
2. The collapse of the American Military
3. The imposition of Martial Law in the US
1. Defeat Obama. Unfortunately, Conservatives do NOT have a candidate. They will likely face the same sad challenge they faced in 2008. Whether to vote for a RINO (John McLame) or stay home and allow a marxist traitor to anoint himself king of the world.
2. Defeating marxism. An impossible idea in 1950 that communist could control America, but they NOW do. Unfortunately, NO candidate will call them communists. We not only have to defeat a communist administration, but we half to defeat 50% of the USA populace who are now communists. That would be union thugs and goons, the leftist media propagandists, illegal aliens, muslims, hispanics, and a black population so incredibly stupid and racist that they will vote 100% for a mulatto marxist traitor.
3. Defeating an entrenched elitist GOP RINO party that is weak, cowardly, and traitorous. Whether Obama is re-elected nor not, these quislings MUST be eradicated either by the ballot box or armed revolution.
Now what do you think our chances are? We have NO chance.
What does Ollie mean?
Yahoo/Rooters says economy is gaining steam and set to roar in 2012... LOL!
Now I don't care who you are...that's funny!
There has never been democracy in Russia.
The ingredients to another world war are being put into the pot as we speak. After another year or two of things getting worse, all it will take is for the right event to come along and stir it.
NO BUDGET ANYWHERE IN SIGHT.
We just go from one trillion dollar loan to another.
And Obama said Bush spent too much.
What a joke that is.
“”With the 2012 election coming up and things getting very bleak in America, I predict 2012 will be a year to remember.””
We’re not going to be able to get away from it so we might as well dig in our heels and take the ride.
I decided this week that I needed to start gathering my own thoughts on what is happening in this country that will change it from it was meant to be to what it will become if we continue on obozo’s and other progressive(dems) paths. This will be one article I will print and save.
It will be for my grandson (who is now 3,) but I expect by the time he is a young man, things will have changed so much that he will be unable to find any records of actual historical value regarding our/his country. Who knows what will happen to our own books, informative Videos and DVD’s, public libraries, newspapers, internet? It could get pretty cumbersome so I’ll have to be very selective.
I think everyone should commence a journal of some sort at least for their grandchildren. Encourage the parents to do so if you aren’t able.
Thanks for the ping jaz. Lots to think about. It’s ugly out there.
I think everyone should commence a journal of some sort at least for their grandchildren. Encourage the parents to do so if you arent able.
Agreed. My grandson will be 2 in April.
It is so, so sad.
It’s meant to mean “in abundance; very much”.