It’s almost year end and I don’t know whether I’ll be able to write on New Years Day, so I thought to write now, a bit ahead of time.
2012 has been a fairly difficult year for me. Transitions at work have been trying. Old friends and associates are retiring leaving me behind. I have a few years to go, and frankly I’m not yet ready to stop being productive. I’d like a better – more balanced approach to the daily efforts – but for the most part I’d like to stay working for several more years. A lot depends upon the economy and other external forces.
The news of the world and the country hasn’t been very encouraging to me. The inability of our leaders to do their jobs has me perplexed and disappointed. I don’t feel that the average person is being treated well. I feel we are exploited and our happiness and future are expendable to those who we’ve entrusted to care for us. These last moment deals to keep the country from becoming unhinged economically are not what I’d call good government or good leadership. I am tired of being made to live in fear. So a disappointment.
We had a very difficult year in terms of weather in 2012. The winter of 2011-2012 was extremely mild, but it left us with less water in the reservoirs and the summer drought brought that shortage to be a concern. Another area where fear for the worst made the year a bad one.
So 2013. What to expect or hope?
It’s probably crazy for me to think ahead like this. I don’t know anything about future outcomes.
This winter is shaping up to be more normal in terms of snow accumulation. That’s good and bodes well for the summer and the crops planted in our area. So a source of hope.
To my mind our government can’t keep doing what it has for these last few years. The Congress and President will need to work out some way to work together in a nominal sense. They’ve all lost their ability to see a middle ground. Extremism is a vice – contrary to the famous statement of one conservative – Barry Goldwater. The need to govern takes precedent over ideals and absolutes. A family could not exist without compromises and neither can a people trying to live in harmony together. It seems to me that those who must, will change. So I am optimistic that these antics will cease soon. This year ought to be the year where they wake up and start to adjust their reasoning. More optimism.
Once they get their act together a lot of other thinks will start to work better. The stock market for one. We might see a real run up on the stock market this coming year. We might also see multi-national companies starting to re-invest and re-tool their businesses. All-in-all, the economy might finally break through and end the misery that we’ve been living in this lousy economy. More optimism.
There are several areas that are a real concern. Many concerns are in the Middle East. For that reason, I am encourage that we are becoming more energy independent and hope that continues. We need the fracked oil, solar, and wind power. We need them all. There shouldn’t be an argument. We need every solution available. The energy is important, but the freedom from Middle East crisis management will be a bigger solution than is realized at the moment. That area of the world is in trouble.
I think Europe is in trouble too, but its problems are going to be long standing and is a pity. We can’t help them much.
Frankly, we (the USA) can’t keep ‘helping’ most peoples in the world. I’m not sure that what we offer is welcome in many places. We’re broke anyway, and we need to start acting much more prudently. We need to start saving what we can – where we can. These constant statements that the amount is insignificant don’t fly anymore. We can’t keep throwing money around that we don’t have – period. So we will lose some marginal ‘friends’ in the world. I say – let them go.
2013 will start to see new manufacturing jobs for the USA. A return of sorts, and new businesses that see us as under used and close to the market for the products being produced. Shipping costs and issues with weather and energy costs will have to be considered, tipping the scales toward U.S. manufacturing. 2013 will not be the end of this issue. It’s just the start, but a start is better than nothing.
We have to start valuing each other more. We have to appreciate that our government isn’t perfect, but anarchy isn’t an answer either. 2013 is hopefully the beginning of new thinking and understanding. This century, so far, hasn’t been kind to us.