Prediction machine on target for once
December 29, 2010 | 08:23 AM
It's official. I'm not so terrible at making predictions after all.
These are last year's predictions with an explanation of what really happened in 2010.
Prediction No. 1: Winds of change will blow through local, state and national elections. Throughout the city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and the country, people are fed up with the current lack of leadership. Before the end of 2009, the recall election victory by newcomer Bill Mott over Tom Spellman may have paved the way for more change in the city come April. However, the most obvious losers will be the Democrats in Washington for overspending, not listening to their constituents and expanding the size of government. Watch for Tea Party revolts leading up to the elections. Republicans aren't safe either. The conservative movement is on the rise.
What happened: I couldn't have been more on target about this one. Republicans taking over the U.S. House, Wisconsin's governor's office and the state Legislature. Locally, there were changes as well. The Tea Party made a difference in the elections as in general more conservatives were elected this past November. Throughout the nation, as noted in my prediction, some longtime and more liberal Republicans weren't safe either. We'll see if these winds of change make a difference, but the elections appeared to prove that a majority in this country still believe in a smaller and less intrusive government, compared to a nanny state, cradle to grave government.
Prediction No. 2: There will be no resolutions or decisions in 2010 regarding the Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and Geneva Ridge Joint Ventures lawsuits against the city. No movement will occur at the Hillmoor Golf Course property, either. The Mirbeau and Hummel development lawsuits are complex, detailed and involve a number of officials during the last three years. These types of federal cases aren't resolved overnight, especially when the stakes are so high. Regarding Hillmoor, the property will remain in the hands of the bank, which won't look to do anything until the economy recovers.
What happened: Right on again. The Mirbeau and Hummel lawsuits continue against the city of Lake Geneva, still with no resolution or decision expected anytime soon. There also still is nothing happening at the old Hillmoor Golf Course property.
Prediction No. 3: I love the green and gold and Aaron Rodgers (Brett who?). The Pack will make another run to the NFC title game. Rodgers will continue his stellar play as he quickly becomes one of the best quarterbacks in the league. A long-term prediction, Rodgers will be talked about in the same breath as Bart Starr and Brett Favre as one of the greatest Packers quarterbacks ever.
What happened: The Pack lost to the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs despite huge numbers from A-Rod. Since, Rodgers has become one of the elite quarterbacks in the National Football League and should be for years to come.
Now it's time to look ahead to 2011. As always, take the following predictions for what they're worth.
Prediction No. 1: Lake Geneva residents and taxpayers will start to receive some answers regarding what really happened behind the scenes regarding the Mirbeau and Hummel development proposals. It will not be good news and will cost the city, or at least the city's insurance carrier, millions.
Prediction No. 2: The American and global economy will recover, slowly, but continue in the right direction. With the knowledge that income taxes will remain the same, individual and business spending will increase in the early part of 2011 and cause reason for the belief that there is light at the end of the tunnel. By the end of 2011, the country's unemployment rate will be less than 9 percent and we will start to get a handle on our nearly $14 trillion national debt.
Prediction No. 3: The Milwaukee Brewers will be a serious contender in the National League. They will record 90 wins, draw 3 million people to Miller Park and be in the pennant race until late. But, playing in the tough NL Central will spell doom for the Crew. They won't make it to the playoffs, at least not this year.
Happy New Year. Let's hope for a splendid 2011.