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Via The Economic Collapse Blog – 50 Predictions For 2013

This re-post from the excellent website TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com can be found in its original form here - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/50-predictions-for-2013.

  -Rourke

 

50 Predictions For 2013

Are you ready for a wild 2013?  It should be a very interesting year.  When the calendar flips over each January, lots of people make lots of lists.  They make lists of “resolutions”, but most people never follow through on them.  They make lists of “predictions”, but most of those predictions always seem to end up failing.  Well, I have decided to put out my own list of predictions for 2013.  I openly admit that I won’t get all of these predictions right, and that is okay.  Hopefully I will at least be more accurate than most of the other armchair prognosticators out there.  It is important to look ahead and try to get a handle on what is coming, because I believe that the rest of this decade is going to be extraordinarily chaotic for the U.S. economy.  The false bubble of debt-fueled prosperity that we are enjoying right now is not going to last much longer.  When it comes to an end, the “adjustment” is going to be extremely painful.  Those that understand what is happening and have prepared for it will have the best chance of surviving what is about to hit us.  I honestly don’t know what everybody else is going to do.  Many of the people that don’t see the coming collapse approaching will be totally blindsided by it and will totally give in to despair when they realize what has happened.  But there is no excuse for not seeing what is coming – the signs are everywhere.

So with that being said, the following are 50 bold predictions for 2013…

#1 There will be a major fight between the Republicans and the Democrats over raising the debt ceiling.  This will be one of the stories that dominates news headlines in the months of February and March.

#2 Most of the new “revenue” that will be raised by tax increases in 2013 will come out of the pockets of the middle class.

#3 No matter what “fiscal deals” the Democrats and the Republicans make in 2013, the federal budget deficit will still end up being greater than a trillion dollars for the fifth consecutive year.

#4 The credit rating of the U.S. government will be downgraded again in 2013.

#5 The Federal Reserve, along with major central banks all over the globe, will continue to wildly print money.

#6 There will be more criticism of the Federal Reserve in 2013 than at any other time since it was created back in 1913.

#7 The term “currency war” will be used by the media more in 2013 than it was in 2012.

#8 The movement away from the U.S. dollar as the primary reserve currency of the world will pick up momentum.  This will especially be true in Asia.

#9 The economic depressions in Greece and Spain will get even worse and unemployment in the eurozone will go even higher in 2013.

#10 A financial crisis in Europe will cause officials to grasp for “radical solutions” that will surprise many analysts.

#11 The unemployment rate in the United States will be higher by the end of 2013 than it is now.

#12 The percentage of working age Americans with a job will fallbelow 58 percent by the end of the year.

#13 At least one “too big to fail” bank will fail in the United States by the end of 2013.

#14 By the end of the year, more people than ever will understand what “derivatives” are, and that will be because they have caused major problems in the financial world.

#15 We will see the beginnings of another major housing crisis before the end of 2013 and foreclosure activity will start rising once again.

#16 We will see another new wave of “tent cities” start to go up in communities around the nation before the end of the year.

#17 There will be another major drought in the United States this upcoming summer and there will be widespread crop failures once again.

#18 The massive dust storms that we have seen roll through cities like Phoenix in recent years will become even larger and even more intense.

#19 Traffic along the Mississippi River will be significantly interrupted at some point during 2013.  This will be a very negative thing for the economy.

#20 Food prices will soar in 2013.  This will especially be true for meat products.

#21 In some of the poorer areas of the globe, major food riots will break out.  Governments will have trouble containing the civil unrest.

#22 There will be more genetically-modified foods in our supermarkets than ever before, and more Americans than ever will reject them and will seek out alternatives.

#23 The average price of a gallon of gasoline in 2012 was about$3.60.  The average price of a gallon of gasoline in 2013 will be lowerthan that.  Yes, you read that correctly.

#24 The number of vehicle miles driven in the United States will continue to decline in 2013.

#25 The Dow will end 2013 significantly lower than it is right now.

#26 When the final statistics for 2013 are compiled, U.S. share of global GDP will be less than 20 percent for the first time in modern history.  Back in the year 2001, our share of global GDP was 31.8 percent.

#27 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to experience massive financial difficulties and will lay off personnel.

#28 As violence in our public schools becomes increasingly worse, more Americans families than ever will decide to home school their children.

#29 The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress will makean all-out attempt to pass gun control measures in 2013.  When their efforts on the legislative front are stalled somewhat by Republicans in the House, Obama will use his executive powers to further his gun control agenda.

#30 One of the cities with the strongest gun laws in the nation, Chicago, had 532 murders in 2012 and it is now considered to be one of the most dangerous cities on the planet.  By the end of 2013, the murder total in Chicago will be above 600.

#31 There will be an increasing amount of tension between state governments and the federal government.  The issue of “states rights” will move front and center at various points in 2013.

#32 CNN will continue to sink to horrifying new lows.  Piers Morgan will end up leaving the network before the end of the year.

#33 The number of Americans on food stamps will surpass 50 million for the first time ever at some point during 2013.

#34 The U.S. trade deficit with China in 2013 will be well over 300 billion dollars.

#35 The phrase “made in China” will increasingly be viewed as a reason not to buy a product as Americans become more educated about the millions of good jobs that we have lost to China over the past decade.

#36 We will see increasing cooperation between the governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico and border restrictions will be loosened.

#37 There will continue to be a mass exodus of families and businesses out of the state of California.  The favorite destination will continue to be Texas, but Texas residents will become increasingly resentful of all of these new transplants.

#38 There will be some truly jaw-dropping examples of violence by parents against their own children in 2013.  Many of these stories will make headlines all over the nation.

#39 The percentage of Americans that are obese will continue to riseand will set another new all-time record in 2013.

#40 There will be more war in the Middle East in 2013.  But it will only set the stage for even more war in the Middle East in 2014 and 2015.

#41 U.S. troops will be deployed in more countries than ever before in 2013.

#42 Volcanic eruptions and major earthquakes along the Ring of Firewill make headlines all over the globe in 2013.

#43 Giant sinkholes will continue to appear all over the United Statesand all over the globe, and scientists will continue to struggle to find an explanation for why it is happening.

#44 The peak of the solar cycle in 2013 will cause significant problems for satellite communications.

#45 The U.S. government will put more resources into the surveillance of the American people than ever before, but most Americans won’t mind all of this surveillance because they have become convinced that it is important to give up some of our liberties for more “security”.

#46 Our infrastructure (roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, sewers, electrical grids, etc.) will be in worse shape by the end of 2013 than it is now.

#47 The percentage of “two parent households” in the United States will continue to decline.

#48 ”Political correctness” will reach ridiculous new heights during 2013, and more Americans than ever will start to rebel against it.

#49 There will be more anger at the wealthy in 2013 than at any other time in modern history.

#50 There will be some shocking political scandals in Washington D.C. in 2013.  We will see some high profile resignations by the end of the year.

Once again, please keep in mind that I do not expect to be 100% correct about all of these things.  I am just trying to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together just like everyone else is.

But I do hope to have a better track record than most of the other people putting out lists of predictions at the beginning of this year.  So save this list and let’s revisit it at the end of the year.

© 2013, Rourke. All rights reserved.

10 comments to Via The Economic Collapse Blog – 50 Predictions For 2013

  • Gilfner

    Pretty interesting list. I’ll add one, NRA membership will be at an all time high. I had to call them this morning to fix an account issue and the wait on hold time was +30 minutes because of all the people signing up.

    A question came to mind – Did this person make predictions at the start of 2012 and if so, how accurate were they?

  • Nothing to radical here. I have seen a lot of the same prediction else where on the net including the main stream media outlets. I think everthing on the list had a pretty good chance of happening. Not End of the World as we know it by far!

  • Jamblaya

    Looks like a rehash of the 2012 list. Still just as depressing, tho.

  • ace

    you know when the shtf has hit or is in the wworks when you start to see wre home and coutry we call home call the new world china. many from us are going to figth for what we feel is rigth but at the end of the day the great usa and his not fit new world slave runer will find a way to break us all apart things are going to start to fall where they want it to. they will replace all the ppl in high power like the County Sheriff’s and many more ppl what we need is to stay together in this loing war that is going to take place soon. we need to talk a good game and come together as a ground that we are and start looking out for one anther. it all start’s with us preppers we need to work together on trying to bring all of us together and not allow the ones that want us gone to get the upper hand. i for one had been working on perppering for many years but have never see where we stand for each other. evry time i hear about where one of us has lost every thing we have to the great usa’ but where are we for each other. maany ppl i know call a good game but when shtf hits they walk the other way with there tails in between their leg like a lost puppy. how can one call them self a perpper when we don’t stand for the rigths that we each have. we have allow the place you call home to be taken over by the ones you call the govtment. we have three things that they can’t take from us wich is soul’ skill, and will to figth. but they are finds ways to take that away fom us. i must ask many of you why do you think we found the place we call home many yaers ago do you think for a monet that it is for rulers and lords but for what we out of all country have which is were freedom and rigths many have lost theirs life for what we have to allow a man thats not from this country to come and take but its were fault and not his for he blind to in to seeing what so many of you didn’t want to see which is a new strat at life and hope for one anther. so many ppl lost touch with what going that they can’t see pass another day. the time starts now not in days but now we must all bring one another together and start a new home if not for us but for your kids and their kids. we must under stand that with out each other where do we stand the long wolf never makes in the wild. no dose the blink wolf if you call your self a perper then tell your next to tell the next. to come together for we are in this together. it all has to strat some where i know that i’m not the smarts one but when it come to my freedom and my love one i will with all that is in me i will stand for some thing and figth for all of my brother but not with hate. for it is not their fault for they do not know what they do.

  • Ted

    I might have worded a few predictions differently but i certainly do not think you are far from wrong. Of course sometimes world events can really shake up future plans. I haven’t been around much lately and notice a different look and feel to this site but that is not bad. Best of luck. Ted

  • John Gault

    50 predictions drawn from the long and winding road to serfdom, we really should take the next exit!

  • Kevin Marcelli

    I currently live in Portland, Oregon and very concerned about the ring of fire. Would love to relocate to Texas, but it might be too over crowded. It would be nice to live in a Red State. Sink holes??? Unreal!

  • Jeff in FLA

    If you’re not 100% right.. You’re not far from the mark!

  • Very soon this website will be famous among all blog visitors, due to it’s nice posts

  • Guy

    1 The US will not be downgraded. This is simply because the SEC has barred the credit agency from further downgrades

    2. None of the TBTF Banks will fail. The Fed will continue to bail them out. The Fed is and will continue to buy toxic assets from the TBTF banks.

    3. There is always a major scandal in washington every year. Not much of a prediction, unless you think that Summer arrives June, Fall in Sept. is a worthy prediction.

    4. This list is missing important events. Such as the Middle East, as the West continues to destabilize stable gov’ts and replace them with radical muslim gov’ts (ie Egypt, Libya, and now Syria). Sooner or later this is going have a significant effect on energy prices, as oil companies fine in increasingly difficult to drill and maintain production in the ME.

    5. Also missing soaring food prices. It doesn’t appear the drought will break this year. so expect prices to rise another 15% to 30% by the end of 2013. Unusual weather is also impacting food production globally and heavy industrialization in China and India is turning the best farmland into suburbia.

    6. Its likely the Global economy will fall into another recession. Manufacturing globally is slipping. Europe is not out of the woods. Its likely that Spain will run out of pension money to steal to prop up its gov’t funding. Its likely the crisis will shift from Greece to Spain and Italy in 2013

    7. Student Debt bubble implodes. This will have a significant impact, as students stop buying iPhones and other gadgets and default on their student loans (not dischargable). Perhaps this will cause Tech Stocks (Apple, Google, Amazon, etc) to lose their Midas touch again.

    Here is a bold prediction; In November 2014 during the Midterm elections, the GOP will lose it control of Congress, effectively making the US a one party gov’t. There are too many people on the Dole and not enough independant people to support the GOP. More and more people will demand gov’t help (Wealthfare, entitlements, etc). The US will slip into deep socialist state by the end of the Obama adminstration. Taxes will soar (forcing more people to take gov’t handouts and supporting the socialists). By the end of following presidency in 2020, the US will begin desolving as states leave the Union because the dollar becomes worthless.