It’s that time of year — a time when we are about the future, not the past; a time when we are done with reflection and want prediction; a time when your humble correspondent has gazed into the 2014 crystal ball long enough for things to come into focus.
So get ready. These forecasts are worth every bit as much as you paid for them.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama calls for a week-long celebration of five years of economic recovery and a reduction in the national unemployment rate to 6.9 percent, “thanks to the policies my administration has put in place.”
The president also calls on Congress to extend unemployment benefits to 250 weeks. “Millions of people are out of work,” he says, “and we can’t expect them to find jobs that aren’t there to find.”
Congress moves to follow Colorado’s lead and make the recreational use of marijuana legal nationwide — but only for women.
“We believe in a woman’s right to choose,” says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “I keep hearing that women should be allowed to control their own bodies. Doesn’t that mean deciding what substances to put into them?”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) files a bill to ban banks and credit card companies from doing credit checks on applicants.
“As the president has demonstrated in his courageous leadership of this country, true fiscal responsibility is not about paying your bills but getting a higher credit limit,” she says. “It would be un-American for predatory lenders to undermine that.”
Hillary Clinton schedules an interview with all the major broadcast and cable networks to announce that she has not yet decided whether to run for president, and that she will commence a speaking and fundraising tour of all 50 states to spread the word.