2021 Predictions From Both Sides of the Border

by on February 2, 2021 · 17 comments

in Economy, Ocean Beach, World News

By Colleen O’Connor, U.S.  and G.L. Goggin, Mexico

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller

United States:

1. Don’t cry for Liz Cheney.
the stalwart Republican who stood up to Trump on mask mandates and voted to impeach him, is now beating back calls to “resign” her post as the #3 in House GOP leadership position.  Her response “I’m not going anywhere.

Prediction: Liz Cheney is going to be the first Republican female minority leader after Kevin McCarthy is ditched.  She sees the future and it isn’t Trumpism.  And McCarthy’s quote that “Everybody in the U.S. has some responsibility” for the capital riot has greased his skids.  Plus, Mitch McConnell is now calling Cheney “courageous.”

2.The impeachment of Trump is a win-win for Democrats.
Trump’s conviction would be a win for the rule of law.  His acquittal at Republican hands guarantees the Democrats will picked up more seats in 2022.

3. Trump-ism is radioactive. Economic boycotts, internal GOP strife, and more damaging   court cases and investigations will infect all things Trump.

4, Vice President Harris’s photo on the original Vogue Cover will remain a classic. Style, grace, and a touch of emblematic.  She is going to need those sneakers!

5. Majority Senate Leader, Schumer, will be a surprisingly strong legislative leader.  He will check Biden’s “come together” moments, while delivering legislative victories for Democrats via the reconciliation process.  Case in point, H.R. 1 reforms now S. 1.   Meaning top priority for government reform.

As Josh Silver remarked in Esquire, “Frankly, Bill Clinton running for office gave lots of lip service to these kinds of reforms and sat on his hands. Barack Obama gave lip service to these kinds of reforms and sat on his hands. And we expected the same this session, but that all changed when Senator Schumer offered the companion piece to H.R.1 , the For the People Act, as their first piece of legislation.”

6. Mother Nature will drive the agenda.  Not just COVID-like epidemics and vaccinations that defy quick remedies, but the massive economic damage of climate changes will push the Green agenda ahead and pursue technology’s villains.

As author Kirkpatrick Sale cites three factors in The Collapse of 2020; “an economic disaster that would render the dollar worthless, causing a depression worse than the one in 1930; a rebellion of the poor against the monied; and a significant number of environmental catastrophes.”

MEXICO – USA RELATIONS

A.  Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (ALMO) and Joe Biden will re-form mutually beneficial business, immigration and cultural relationships.  The dividing wall HALT will be just the beginning of ‘make-up’ gestures.

B.  Roberta Jacobson, former US Ambassador to Mexico (2016-2018), will play a key role in the re-establishment of sane, trusting and vibrant business, and cultural relationships.  Ambassador Jacobson is a highly respected, well-educated, skilled diplomat who loves Mexico.

C. The US will begin to focus on addiction rehabilitation and education, recognizing the enormity of the demand for illegal drugs in the US as the co-joined twin of the cross-border drugs and arms’ businesses.  A new Special Council will be created to address Drug Use and Abuse.

D.  International trade between Mexico and the USA (and Canada) will boom.  Manufactured goods’ exports from Mexico, tourism, agriculture, culture-related trade, and education will dominate.

E. Arizona will be the star of Mexico’s trade partner states.  It has a long-lasting, unique relationship with Mexico.  More US companies will be re-locating their trade-related operations into the Arizona.

F.  Many more retiring Americans will move to Mexico, finding a more economical/affordable place to live and thrive with diverse educational and discovery options, and warmer climates.

MEXICO

A.  Foreign investment will expand and diversify in Mexico: advanced technology petroleum-related projects, auto and parts’ manufacturing, and infrastructure projects.

B.  Agricultural products will continue to be top income-producers. It will expand beyond ever-increasing avocado yields into the export of its wide variety of excellent wines. More Indigenous art will be protected and the demand for these extraordinary works of art will soar.

C. AMLO will continue helping the poor, building infrastructure, job creation and attempts to stem corruption with good intentions.  Mexicans have a long history of hatred for sitting Presidents. However, some Mexicans will be won over in health care and rural development efforts.

D.  With AMLO’s less-conventional tenure as President and his popular appeal, political parties will continue to shuffle alliances, ultimately reducing competing forces. (As opposed to the US’s splintering Republican party).

E. Cartel breakups will continue as the flow of illegal drugs through Mexico into the USA slows.  The cartel splinter groups will continue killing for territory, but be more creative in finding ways to rob the rich and institutions to enrich themselves beyond extortion, gasoline pipe taps, train robberies and highway toll booth gangstering.

F. Mexico will be a leader in the distribution and inoculation of COVID-19 vaccinations.  It will have more sources, including China and Russia, and its massive nationwide network of medical facilities.  It’s mortality rate from the virus will continue to be higher than other nations in 2021, sadly.

G.L. Goggin, co-author, is a permament resident of Mexico, Masters in International Business Relations, etc. and teaches in Mexico.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie February 2, 2021 at 11:06 am

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (ALMO) lost our respect when he refused to recognize Joe Biden as the winner of the election. He held out longer than Don Giuliani, almost. ALMO came in as a populist but has since lost that shine. This is way too positive about him. But hey, let’s see.

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Sadie February 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Speaking of walls, check out the new wall around the Capitol.

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Frank Gormlie February 2, 2021 at 3:29 pm

Are you referring to the wall built to prevent the trump insurrectionists from returning?

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cm February 3, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Another nail in McCarthy’s coffin. NO ACTION vs. Qanon Rep. Greene.
McCarthy Won’t Take Action Against Greene
Democrats said they would move to oust Greene from her two House committees — a highly unusual move by the majority targeting a member of the opposing party.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office just sent out a press release referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as “McCarthy (Q-CA).”

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cm February 3, 2021 at 6:39 pm

Cheney won retention as #3 in GOP leadership secret vote 145 to 61!
McCarthy on the ropes.

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sealintheSelkirks February 3, 2021 at 7:09 pm

Does anybody really believe that the daughter of un-indicted war criminal Dick ‘Shotgun’ Cheney is one of the good guys? Nothing I’ve read of her since she slid into dad’s old spot indicates that in any way whatsoever.

Chip off the old block more like. What is needed, a complete purge, just isn’t going to happen so I guess we have to choke down the half-measures for now? Don’t accept bad just because it ain’t worse!

sealintheSelkirks

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Frank Gormlie February 4, 2021 at 11:08 am

Cheney was one of the only 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. She represents the un-trump wing of the GOP and stood against the fascist insurrectionists.

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sealintheSelkirks February 4, 2021 at 2:11 pm

Well Frank, that’s kind of a surprise given what old DICK is documented being involved in going back to the Reagan Regime in the 80s much less during his sockpuppet Wbush’s administration…

Is that a sign of potential sanity in that family?

sealintheSelkirks

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Peter from South O February 5, 2021 at 7:11 am

Holding grudges about an entire bloodline because of the actions of one individual is rather barbaric, isn’t it?
Cheney’s father may be a despicable human being, but that is not a GENETIC trait any more than not being able to handle a shotgun properly is.

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sealintheSelkirks February 5, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Barbaric? What her father did was barbaric. In 2007 over a million dead in Iraq, more millions as external/internal refugees, and 13 years later it’s worse… As for entire bloodlines, look at the Bushes right back to Prescott the Wall St. banker who was part of the coup attempt on FDR in 1934 wanting to align with Hitler by installing a Fascist US government (sound familiar?), and whose bank was closed in 1942 for aiding and abetting the enemy; Nazi Germany! I mean, Oct. ’42 was just a little bit after we entered the war, ya know? And who didn’t go to jail for treason either time but became a powerful Senator instead much to our national shame.

And then you should maybe look at Trump’s bloodline ancestry while you’re at it through his Depression-era slumlord father and whore-master grandpa who ran away from the draft in his home country of Austria… Larn’t it on their daddy’s knee so to speak? Who was it that said ‘give me a child for five years and I’ll have them forever?’ Goebbels?

It takes a very strong heart and mind to escape the indoctrination of childhood by horrible people.

Did you miss the second sentence of the first paragraph in my Feb 3 comment? Best you go read the list of what bills etc she has been supporting or denying since she was slid into daddy’s seat before you make any judgements about me having barbaric behavior. But then the bar has fallen so low that someone who was considered a Reagan Democrat in 1980 is now called a Liberal in 2021…

sealintheSelkirks

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Peter from South O February 5, 2021 at 7:48 pm

Nothing in that screed answered or contradicted my statement. Distractions are SO 2020!

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sealintheSelkirks February 5, 2021 at 2:32 pm

Have I mentioned any other of Dick Cheney’s relatives? No. Just his political replacement. So your “entire bloodline” comment is specious. Voting for impeachment is probably the best thing she’s done and my bet would be that it was a political move not a moral choice…but of course I might be wrong.

So in that case, Peter, check what bills she has put her name to and what she denounced. Don’t take my word for it, read the list for yourself. It’s in the public domain.

sealintheSelkirks

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gravitas February 7, 2021 at 12:56 pm

Cheney strikes again! She sees the future.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the highest ranking House Republican to back former President Trump’s second impeachment, said Sunday that he does “not have a role as the leader of our party going forward.”

“We’re the party of Abraham Lincoln. We’re the party of Ronald Reagan. We have to really take a hard look at who we are and what we stand for and what we believe in,” Cheney said during an interview with host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

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sealintheSelkirks February 8, 2021 at 11:24 am

Wow. Putting Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln in the same sentence to illustrate “what we stand for…and believe in” is just…a seriously bizarre twist of history. What universe is she living in? Oh yeah, the Republican one.

I guess she hasn’t bothered to listen to the TAPED conversation that’s been released to the public between the racists Republicans Pres. Richard Nixon and good old boy Ronnie about how ‘them _______ don’t even know how to wear shoes’ etc etc. I did. It was an earful and disgusting rant that showed exactly how they really talked in private. Their real thoughts not their public politician’s lying face.

Maybe she ought to before she opens her mouth again about what she and the Republicans stand for. Obviously the Republican party has been hamstringing black voters by gerrymandering districts, throwing literally millions of minorities off registered voter lists, and so many other documented offenses (talk about voter fraud!) across the country that it’s too many to list here.

Just saying. Sorry, I don’t trust her any more than her illustrious war criminal daddy… So what if she throws Trump under the bus? It’s a political move, people, not a moral one! Read beneath the headlines!

sealintheSelkirks

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Gravitas February 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Cheney prediction. Embracing role as “Trump critic-in-chief.”

“Kevin McCarthy tried to get Liz Cheney to apologize for how she handled her vote to impeach former President Trump before last week’s highly anticipated House GOP conference meeting — a request she refused, two people with direct knowledge told Axios.

Why it matters: Cheney rolled the dice, refusing her leader’s ask and counting on her supporters to keep her as conference chair, the party’s No. 3 post in the House. Newly empowered, she’s now embracing her role as the Republicans’ Trump critic-in-chief.”

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Jan Michael Sauer February 10, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Criminal charges need to be filed in Federal Court against Donald Trump . One of the charges needs to be Accessory to Murder .

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sealintheSelkirks February 11, 2021 at 3:09 am

Very good opinion piece by Gary Leupp, Professor of History at Tufts University, holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Religion. Because it has REAL history in it…

On the Relative Vileness of George W. Bush and Donald Trump, Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/02/10/on-the-relative-vileness-of-george-w-bush-and-donald-trump-liz-cheney-and-marjorie-taylor-greene/

seal@boardwarm.com

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