Posts Tagged ‘2012’

Just getting back from being out of the country.  (Yes, I turned in my absentee ballot weeks ago.)

So Obama was re-elected.

Good news is now that Obama doesn’t have to worry about being re-elected, maybe he can cut loose a bit and do what’s right, not what’s political.

Bad news, though, is he still can’t mess up his party’s chances in four years so that will add politics back to the equation.

And, bad news is — as was insightfully pointed out to me this week — he’s not a deal maker… he doesn’t know anyone… doesn’t stray outside his small group… and doesn’t have business experience to know how to make deals.

That last point is something I hadn’t considered.

Given the bipartisan effort it’s going to take to fix this country, that’s bad news indeed.

Happy election day.

I voted… and got a little “I Voted!” sticker…

… written in three different languages.

I know I’ve written about this before… but need to do so again:

I don’t have issues with diversity, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, musical preferences, favorite ice cream, whatever.

But I do have an issue with communication… because the only thing that makes a community — unites a community — is the ability to communicate.

We can’t do that if we all speak different languages.

Or, worse, if our government encourages multiple languages… like balloting in different languages… like teaching in different languages… like something as simple as an “I Voted!” sticker.

My father, aunt, and grandparents came here from Greece and made it a priority to learn the language of their new country.

You’d think, of anyone, the government would understand the value of that.

These days analysts are quick to draw comparisons between 2012 and 2008… in fact, many are saying we’re in for a repeat of global recession.

It’s tempting to do so.  The world is still a mess… even more so.

There are a TON of similarities and differences between 2012 and 2008… economically, socially, politically, etc.

But, according to my past writings, one counts above all else.

Not unemployment.  Not housing or subprime.  Not currencies or sovereignties-on-the-brink.

But, the behavior of oil.

In June 2008, oil was skyrocketing.  That made the cost of everything more expensive.  It was the biggest, most giant, humongous tax on the entire world.  So much so that the world said, “enough!” and stopped spending.

That’s when the engine of the world simply stopped.

When an engine stop, things stall.  And that’s exactly what happen to the world in 2008.  Bingo, global recession.

But that’s not happening right now.  In June 2012, oil is falling.

If oil continues this trend, things will become a cheaper… just like at the end of 2008… in fact, if there are any notable similarities, it’s that one.  Oil dropping in 2008 was the greatest stimulus in the world… hopefully falling oil prices provide a bit of a kick for us in 2012, too.

But, at the very least, if oil doesn’t spike, there shouldn’t be a cliff for us to go over quite yet.

That’s what I’ve been writing about for years.  Guess it’s time to see if my oil theory holds water.

I’m feeling crusty about 2011.

Not that some good things didn’t happen…

… but a lot of the big things we’ve been working on… just… aren’t… ready… yet.

I think I’m just anxious.

And that’s probably the best way to sum up my 2011.  A lot of hard work… stress… hope… and anxiousness.

So my sentiment to everyone:  Here’s to the very best 2012 ever for us all…

… and may we all remember (mostly me!) that life is continuous, not discrete… so have some fun along the way!