By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:44 PM EST
I'm here to wish everybody a Happy New Year.
But I have to emphasize that it is a wish, not an expectation. In fact, while I am usually cautiously pessimistic, I am throwing caution to the wind this time, and admitting that I think my wish is pretty much a pipe dream.
I think we are in for a very unlucky 2013.
The frenzy, of course, is the agreement recently reached by Congress and President Obama to prevent us from plunging off the alleged "fiscal cliff" into economic oblivion. Once they did that, we were told by numerous TV talking heads, we can all ride off into a secure, prosperous new year. If they hadn't, we'd have done our own version of the Mayans' end of the world.
But that is mostly a manufactured frenzy. If either side seriously thought the economy would collapse over a cliff that is more like a curb, there would have been serious negotiation going on. Instead, there was mainly posturing and spin.
The hard work was not about how to address the real fiscal cliff facing the coming American generations, but about trying to convince the country who to blame if Jan. 1 arrived and a scheduled combination of tax increases and spending cuts took effect - a deadline that Congress and the president created through a previous agreement.
The thing is, we really do have a crisis. It's just not the kind of crisis that eating the rich is going to fix.
But nobody wants to talk about that - not when the blame game is so much more fun and such an easy distraction. Democrats are generally better at it. And, sure enough, most voters seemed to think that if the GOP would just go along with the president - and agree to tax the fat cats, bankers, corporate jet owners, and everybody else who didn't realize that, "at some point you've made enough money (and the rest should go to the government)" - our deficits and debt would melt away without any need for limits in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, and endless unemployment insurance.
March 3, 2014
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February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!
April 18, 2014
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