Robert Bennett: What will the new year bring us? Here are 2013 predictions

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  • JParkerfan St. George, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    @ Mountainman. That is the funniest thing I've read for weeks. Very true indeed!! "Optimist?". Only a Senator that seved 17 years and 364 days too long could look at this mess and say something that unintelligent.
    Thank you Mike Lee for doing the right thing.
    I don't care who is getting the blame, (it's a medis driven thing) Obama shoulders most of the blame for this mess.. Call him Lucy. Keeps moving the football until he gets what he wants.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    It seems like my house might go up in value but everything else will stink and be at crisis point. I'm glad the Senator is an optimist...

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    What the good senator perhaps unknowingly reports is the demise of the GOP.

    A rocky legislating session in 2013 means an even rockier election season for the GOP in 2014. In particular, the Tea Party.

    The GOP, as it should, is taking the brunt of the blame for their obstruction. They are the ones making the bulk of legislating so difficult and "rocky." They care more about making Obama look bad and sticking up for their rich cohorts than the good of America.

    Americans are angry at this dysfunctional Congress and they see the GOP as the primary reason for the dysfunction. See, in November Americans were given 2 choices. They clearly rejected (both in the electoral college and popular vote) the GOP's agenda. It was thrown into the garbage. Americans didn't want it. They had seen for years the fallacies of "trickle-down" economics.

    Yet... Have members in Congress gotten the message that they were rejected? Have they listened to the voice of the American people? If 2013 is going to be rocky, then they clearly have not.

    No more obstruction! No more!

    GOP better act fast or face extinction. 2013 better not be rocky or else!!!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Euro tanks,

    all political nations experiencing crises

    health care initially will be rocky

    partisan gridlock

    party polarization to extremes

    and yet you remain an optimist??????

    better for you to say hold on we are in for a rough ride.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 31, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Speaking of predictions, in the coming New Year, 2013, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.This is an ironic juxtaposition of events. One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication. The other involves a groundhog.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    Canada will not experience political crisis of any kind in 2013.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Dec. 31, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    "In the U.S., our fiscal situation lurches from one crisis to another, with the two parties more ideologically polarized than most people can ever remember. Regular procedures in Congress are frozen because of partisan gridlock — no budget passed in the last four years — suggesting that our political system has become incapable of addressing our long-range problems. Prediction: 2013 will be a rocky year, politically."

    No argument there Senator. No argument at all.