My Wild Predictions for 2018
- North Korea
The big story of the year and, perhaps, the biggest challenge for President Trump has been North Korea. What to do? My hope for this may seem wild and strange but here goes. “The Art of The Deal” will be employed. After lengthy talks and lots of negotiating, the Korean peninsula will be united, and it will be a crowning achievement for President Donald J. Trump. Think it cannot happen? Watch and see.
China will be helpful in getting North Korea and South Korea to a bargaining table. With the leadership of President Trump, military aspects will be ironed out and North Korea will be brought into the 20th century. Korea’s new military will have an open-door policy with China and America on a joint commission. Both countries have great interest for peace in the region.
The relationship between the United States and Russia will improve. Russia, now an oligarchy mixed with communism, will lean more toward capitalism. This won’t take place in a vacuum. China’s dabbling with capitalism, India is about to enter in a big way. Russia won’t want to be left behind as trade relationships are formed.
Obamacare will disappear. Poof! The free market will prevail. Healthcare will become a relationship between doctor and patient and those day-to day visits for a sore throat will be paid out of a tax-free medical account that the patient controls. Imagine that? All major medical will be covered by a catastrophic plan with lower premiums because the government won’t be involved.
If I told you everything I knew, I’d have to kill you. Suffice to say, the size of the battlefield will shrink and warfare, itself, will grow in a technical way exponentially. Robotics will rule, artificial intelligence will be utilized, and yes—drones, that are highly accurate with facial recognition will do battle. It’s not science fiction any longer—it’s real—and very deadly. There won’t be a big nuclear war. No big bang, just a whimper.
For the United States, our economy will soar—and because we’re the biggest marketplace and the most generous country in the world—our prosperity will affect the world markets positively. Many things will be responsible for a surging economy, but repatriation of companies back to American shores will jumpstart it. Capitalism will come roaring back, as burdensome regulations are peeled away by President Trump. The landscape is changing. Brick and mortar stores are giving way to behemoths like Amazon. Is this bad? Not necessarily. Jobs will shift and change with robotics and changing demographics. Shopping, school, facetime with doctors—all will be available on-line. As a result, there will be more jobs, and wages will rise. Good times are ahead.
Universities and colleges are going to be taking in more foreign students and less domestic. This will happen because the USA will develop apprenticeship programs and more on-the-job training curriculum to gain the most precious commodity: employees. In other words, new hires will be tempted away from a college setting to on-the-job free internships, with a commitment to stay on as a team member at the end of the program.
Going out on a limb on this one—but, I think the Federal Government will make marijuana legal with one big string attached. The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) will have to approve and test each and every product being offered for sale—for purity, safety, etc. In other words, big pharma will step in and take over the cannabis market and make lots of money in the interim. More tax money will flow into the coffers of local, state, and federal government.
Unfortunately, I predict this problem is here to stay, possibly into the foreseeable future. However, the landscape for terrorists will be different. Self-radicalized individuals will seek soft targets and wreak havoc on a regular basis. As a result, there will be more cameras, more policing, and less large gatherings without an enormous amount of pre-planning and security. Think drones.
Face-to-face relationships minus the cell phone in the middle will suddenly become exciting. People will meet and go for a walk or enjoy time in a coffee shop talking—face-to-face! The phenomena will be so new and different—people will actually set aside time to speak to one another in person. Eye contact will be made, hands will be held, and laughter will occur. This new experience will be tagged as “Eyeball Time.” People will look into the eyes of another human being to gain better understanding.
This article has been written tongue-in-cheek by an author—thus, a bit of fantasy has been employed. It’s wonderful to imagine a world as I have described above. That’s why I write novels!
Happy New Year to all.