What Will 2015 Bring? Your Predictions, Please.

By Mike Feinsilber

Here’s our sort-of annual predictions quiz. Answer the 10 questions, store them in your desk drawer, and next year we’ll give you the answers.

1. Will Congress raise the minimum wage in 2015?

2. Will there be another Sony-type cyber attack?

3. For $38, you could have bought a share of Facebook when it went public in 2013. By the end of 2013, a share would have cost you $26. Today the price was $80. What will one share cost you by this time next year (BTTNY)?

4. Will the Ebola crisis be a thing of the past BTTNY?

5. The Washington Post is published on paper by presses and online. Will it be an online-only newspaper BTTNY? (Jeff Bezos gets 2 votes.)

6. BTTNY, will we know what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014?

7. Sometime soon, the Supreme Court will hear the most serious challenge to the Affordable Care Act since the justices found it constitutional more than two years ago ­—a lawsuit targeting the federal subsidies that help millions of people buy health insurance. Will the court uphold the legality of the subsidies?

8. The average price of a gallon of gas was a shade over $2.27 on December 30. Over the course of last year, the average price was $3.49. What will it be BTTNY?

9. Is 2015 the year the Washington Nationals win the World Series?

10. In general, Americans don’t have a real high regard for the job their presidents do. Between 1938 (when Gallup started polling on presidential approval) and 2014, the average rating for all presidents was 53% approval. Throughout his term President Obama’s average approval rating has been 48%. His low point, 40%, was hit during the first week of November in 2014. And a few weeks ago, his approval rating was 45%. Where will it stand BTTNY?

 

Comments

  1. Corcoroni T. Magnificent says

    Sorry, I can’t wait till next year.

    1. Will Congress raise the minimum wage in 2015?

    No, too busy trying to overthrow Obamacare and name new edifices after Reagan.

    2. Will there be another Sony-type cyber attack?

    Depends, has Sony fired anyone else recently?

    3. For $38, you could have bought a share of Facebook when it went public in 2013. By the end of 2013, a share would have cost you $26. Today the price was $80. What will one share cost you by this time next year (BTTNY)?

    Ask Facebook, they read my email and posts so often they know better than I do what I think.

    4. Will the Ebola crisis be a thing of the past BTTNY?

    Only if Fox can come up with a new medical epidemic to blame on Obama.

    5. The Washington Post is published on paper by presses and online. Will it be an online-only newspaper BTTNY? (Jeff Bezos gets 2 votes.)

    Not as long as there are parakeets.

    6. BTTNY, will we know what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014?

    Has anyone thought to look in Anderson Cooper’s garage?

    7. Sometime soon, the Supreme Court will hear the most serious challenge to the Affordable Care Act since the justices found it constitutional more than two years ago ­—a lawsuit targeting the federal subsidies that help millions of people buy health insurance. Will the court uphold the legality of the subsidies?

    Does it matter? If they don’t overrule themselves, the GOP will just take a new tack and continue their campaign to load Big Pharma off the sinking ship before steerage sees a lifeboat.

    8. The average price of a gallon of gas was a shade over $2.27 on December 30. Over the course of last year, the average price was $3.49. What will it be BTTNY?

    The Media reported both prices were bad news for America. Whatever the price, it will be reported as bad news again.

    9. Is 2015 the year the Washington Nationals win the World Series?

    According to my scorecard, six of the seven warning signs of the Apocalypse have already taken place (sixth was Miley Cyrus twerking), so I hope not.

    10. In general, Americans don’t have a real high regard for the job their presidents do. Between 1938 (when Gallup started polling on presidential approval) and 2014, the average rating for all presidents was 53% approval. Throughout his term President Obama’s average approval rating has been 48%. His low point, 40%, was hit during the first week of November in 2014. And a few weeks ago, his approval rating was 45%. Where will it stand BTTNY?

    If he continues to improve the economy, keeps the nation terror free, assures more people find job, and keeps closing the deficit, it will go down some more.

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