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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Looking back at 2009

It is traditional for me at the end of the year to write a blog post reviewing the year that had just passed (anything done twice is a tradition right?). As I look at 2009 I find this to be a particularly difficult year to summarize, but I will do my best.

First of all there is the economy. This year was a rough year for everyone, but the talks of depression and lost decade has been proven premature. As we enter 2010 there are already signs of the economy improving again. People that couldn’t find work before are suddenly discovering opportunities everywhere. This year served as a reminder that in any economy there are good times and bad times. We as individuals have to learn to plan for the bad times during the good times.

Sadly it is too late for Ukraine. The economy there did not recover fast enough and they were forced to let Russia bail them out. It is sad that after so much struggle and success Ukraine is once again in the grip of Russia.  

On the domestic political front; I wasn’t really surprised that Harper survived the budget early in the year. Ignatieff knew that the coalition was not sellable, a fact that was proven during the fall election. The talk of coalition ruined any chance the Liberals had of being elected. The bad economy on the other hand ruined Harper’s chance of getting a majority.

Politics in the states seems to be in transition. After a year in office a lot of the hardcore Obama fans are disappointed. This was best demonstrated by the thousands of protesters that threw their “I love Obama” t-shirts over the White House fence. At the same time the general public seems to support Obama’s moderate government. His approval ratings are in the mid to high 40s.

The Republicans have done the smart thing. They have done a lot of soul searching this year and have decided on a new direction. Under the leadership of men such as Jeff Flake the Republican Party is refocusing on core issues of smaller government and a humbler foreign policy.

I won’t tell you what 2009 will be remembered for. There was war, disastrous hurricanes, and that horrible incident with the Somali Pirates. All that I can say is that going into 2010 there seems to be optimism in the air.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on December 31, 2008 | Permalink

Comments

...did i miss a year?

Whoohweee that was some party...

Posted by: tomax7 | 2008-12-31 10:37:39 AM


...2010 has optimism?

What about that Russia professor saying the US will fall apart then?

What about Planet X?

What about re-run's of the Simpson's?

Posted by: tomax7 | 2008-12-31 10:39:04 AM


Did anyone shoot Obama yet?

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-31 5:21:46 PM


Not that I want him shot, I just think someone is going to.

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-31 5:22:18 PM


Uncle Jay looks back at 2008. Very Clever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWiXy55OHyY

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-31 5:44:27 PM


: chris hollingsworth....Bad dog...you do a time out.
Hugh ...looks overly optimistic. Printed it off and hung it on the fridge to be disected next year.

Posted by: peterj | 2009-01-01 3:02:22 PM


christopher

maybe you should check the meaning of your first name, or change it.

Posted by: tomax7 | 2009-01-01 10:05:03 PM


Maybe the year of Freedomites able to have kids.

Posted by: thecossack | 2009-03-01 12:57:50 PM



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