Who knows what America will face in the upcoming year?
What’s going to happen in 2014?
On a national level, Americans are going to feel the full impact of socialized medicine as Obama and his fellow socialists impose Obamacare on our citizens. It will cost most Americans – especially those who work – more and will lessen benefits and care.
The American dollar – the backbone of world currency – will continue to decline as we drift toward socialism. More people will be on some form of welfare and us working stiffs will have to pay higher taxes.
The federal government will continue its invasion in our private lives with drones, cell phone surveillance and spy technology.
The health of Americans will decline as more people rely on prescription drugs and we are bombarded by more radiation (smart meters, etc.).
Hillary Clinton will emerge as the front runner for the Democrat nomination for president in 2014 and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christy will headline a growing list of GOP hopefuls.
More national denominations will embrace homosexuality and marginalize literal interpretation of the Bible. Watch for the Catholic Church to make the biggest changes thanks to the new pope.
We will still have troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Syria and North Korea will be trouble spots and Japan will look to join the nuclear weapon club because of threats from China.
Look for worldwide food shortages that will be blamed on “global warming” or “climate change.” The United Nations will seek a global tax on energy and a ban on personal guns.
In Oklahoma, voters will get a chance to show what they think of Republican leadership in November as several offices – governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner, treasurer and corporation commissioner – are up for grabs. Those are all held by Republicans after almost a hundred years of Democrat rule.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, all the members of the Oklahoma House and half of the Senate are up for re-election. In Tulsa County, two commission seats, the assessor and the treasurer will be on the ballot.
While Oklahomans seem generally pleased with most Republican officials, that approval rating drops when it comes to the GOP leadership team.
Oklahoma will continue to produce energy in oil and gas while America pushes toward energy independence despite the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Obama administration will accelerate the war on coal and the price of electricity will rise.
In Tulsa, nothing will change politically. The chamber runs the show and there will be a big push for a sales tax increase “to put water in the river.” Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the councilors will push for more taxpayer money to be spent downtown to help their chamber buddies. There will be an effort for more subsidized high-rent housing downtown.
The city won’t increase taxes but utility bills (including ambulance, stormwater and trash) will rise once more.
Tulsa will have a bunch of murders in 2014.
Oklahoma has at least 117 casinos and look for at least one more to locate in the Tulsa metro area.
Oklahoma should be ranked in the Top 10 in football while Oklahoma State will slide a bit because there are so many seniors in this fine senior class. Tulsa football will improve (right now the only way seems to be up). OU comes to Tulsa to play TU in September.
Big liberal newspapers like the Tulsa World will continue to decline in circulation. Study after study shows that papers are too liberal but the reaction to those studies generally is to “look more balanced” than to actually be “more balanced.”
Music radio on FM stations will have problems because so many young people don’t listen to radio anymore. AM stations will be OK because of talk radio.
No cure will be found for cancer in 2014.
Children in America will go to bed hungry because of poverty and the irresponsibility of parents (who drink, gamble and do drugs).
American women will continue to murder their babies in the womb – which should be the safest place in the world. And most churches and Christians will just look the other way.
There will be good news.
Bridenstine will continue his campaign for fiscal responsibility and moral courage. He is a rare politician that does what he says he will do.
The Republicans could take over the U.S. Senate, giving hope to overturning Obamacare. A lot of Democrat senators are retiring.
Oklahoma State could win March Madness and bring home a national championship in basketball.
The abortion abolitionist movement will continue to grow.
More Tulsans will start backyard gardens and learn to can fruits and vegetables.
People continue to subscribe and read the Tulsa Beacon and listen to KCFO AM970 – my show (Tulsa Beacon Weekend) in particular.
Susan and I – for the first time ever – will be potential grandparents. Our son Josiah will graduate from college.
Happy New Year!
• A man’s wife disappears and he’s accused of killing her. At the trial, his lawyer tells the jury, “Ladies and gentlemen, I have amazing news. Not only is my client’s wife actually alive, but she’ll walk through that door in ten seconds.”
An expectant silence settles over the courtroom, but nothing happens.
“Think about that,” the lawyer says. “The fact that you were watching the door, expecting to see the missing woman, proves that you have a reasonable doubt as to whether a murder was actually committed.”
He sits down confidently, and the judge sends the jury off to deliberate. They return in ten minutes and declare the man guilty.
“Guilty?” says the lawyer. “How can that be? You were all watching the door!”
“Most of us were watching the door,” says the foreman. “But one of us was watching the defendant, and he wasn’t watching the door.”
• The following text messages were exchanged on a cold winter day in December…
Wife: “Windows frozen.”
Husband: “Pour some warm water over them.”
Wife: “Computer completely screwed up now.”
• A middle-aged guy is out to dinner with his wife to celebrate her 40th birthday.
He says, “So what would you like? A Jaguar? A sable coat? A diamond necklace?”
She says, ” I want a divorce.”
He says, “I wasn’t planning on spending that much.”
• A passenger jet was suffering through a severe thunderstorm. As the passengers were being bounced around by the turbulence, a young woman turned to a minister sitting next to her and with a nervous laugh asked, “Pastor, you are a man of God, can’t you do something about this storm?”
To which he replied, “Lady, I’m in sales, not management.”