Hello 2010 (Thomas’ New Years Predictions)

Last year I made 9 predictions about 2009. My score for 2009 was 4 out of 9 predictions correct. Here are the predictions I made last year.

9 Predictions for 2009

Prediction 1

“Obama will pass the Fairness act but it will only apply to political talk. It will be the best thing to happen to the conservative movement. Conservative talk radio needs to die.”

Outcome: Fail! Obama chose to take over our health instead of our talk.

Prediction 2

“5 of my current blog readers will start their own Podcasts. One will hit the big time with his or her podcast.”

Outcome: Fail! the only person to start a Podcast this year was Raz Shafer.and his podcast has podfaded.

Prediction 3

“There will be continued violence in the middle east.”

Outcome: Half fail. Israel has been very peaceful this year although Iraq has been hotter than normal.

Prediction 4

“Texas will experience a major natural disaster of some kind.”

Outcome: Fail! And thank God for that.

Prediction 5

“The economy will end 2009 at about the same strength it began 2009. Win! The Dow is up about 1000 points but is about where it was a year ago.”

Outcome: Win! Who would have believed we would have been about the same after a year. We went down and we came back up.

Prediction 6

“Apple will buy Adobe.”

Outcome: Fail!

Prediction 7

“Obama will maintain ridiculously high support ratings while failing to get anything done other than the fairness act.”

Outcome: Half Win! Obama does not have ridiculously high ratings but he hasn’t gotten anything done either.

Prediction 8

Another Patriot Academy alum will declare intentions to run for something. Got this one right.

Outcome: Win! David Bellow declared that he is running for County Commissioner.

Prediction 9

“Half of you will start using Twitter.”

Outcome: Win! I think this was almost true. Many of you didn’t even know what Twitter was a year ago. Many of you started using Twitter but perhaps not half.

Ok so I don’t have a crystal ball and my predictions were lame. That is if you count predicting that violence in the middle east as a legitimate prediction. And now… Ten predictions for 2010.

10 Predictions for 2010

  1. Republicans will gain control of the house of representatives.
  2. Democrats will hold on to the Senate.
  3. Rick Perry will be reelected Governor
  4. Debra Medina will get over 15% of the vote.
  5. Old fashioned publishers will start to get gobbled by trendier conglomerates. And for an extra point I am predicting that Thomas Nelson will by Harvest House.
  6. The Apple Tablet will actually ship. It will be amazing and I will buy one 🙂
  7. The Google Andriod platform will gain 20% market share.
  8. The big product for 2010 will be the Kindle and the price will drop to $99 and sales of digital books will soar to over 70% of Amazon’s book sales.
  9. Google Chrome will gain 25% market shake but the mac version will still be in Beta.
  10. The Tea party will start to emerge as an actual party but will not put any candidates on the 2010 ballot. Look for tea party candidates in 2012.

Thomas Umstattd Jr. is the author of Courtship in Crisis, the former head of PracticalCourtship.com, and co-founder of the Austin Rhetoric Club, a homeschool speech and debate club in Austin, Texas. He is a professional speaker and CEO of Author Media. He sits on the board of directors for several nonprofits, including the Texas Alliance for Life.

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4 thoughts on “Hello 2010 (Thomas’ New Years Predictions)

  1. Why do you say that conservative talk radio needs to die? More specifically, how is it detrimental to the conservative movement?

  2. I think your assessment of Obama is too harsh: hasn't gotten ANYTHING done? I'd have phrased that differently. Things could've been much worse.

  3. Although I am not a consistant reader (so I don't really count), I have picked up twitter (unique, since I am not on facebook).

    Conservative talk radio needs to die… I think I can see, maybe, where your going with that.

    Is it because it makes Conservatives look bad…. or is it that people spend to much time listening and getting angry/depressed instead of trying to actually create positive changes in government by actually different? Both? Neither?

    Bonus: Do you think that the Republicans will get more of a boost because of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi poverty drive (meaning – drive to poverty) or the independents?

    Hope your first prediction comes true (and that your prediction about the senate, by some miracle, fails),

    – Trent

    http://twitter.com/TrentIWilliams

  4. HERE ARE MY RESPONSES TO YOUR PREDICTIONS IN CAPITALS:
    1. CORRECT Republicans will gain control of the house of representatives, BUT BY ONLY 7 SEATS.
    2. BARELY, BY ONLY 2 SEATS, Democrats will hold on to the Senate.
    3. YES, Rick Perry will be reelected Governor, AND ANNOUNCE CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012.
    4. WRONG, SHE WILL GET 22%, HUTCHISON 25%, PERRY 52% Debra Medina will get over 15% of the vote.
    5. PROBABLY SO, THOUGH NELSON WILL NOT BUY HH. Old fashioned publishers will start to get gobbled by trendier conglomerates. And for an extra point I am predicting that Thomas Nelson will by Harvest House.
    6. YES, YOU WILL PROBABLY BUY 1. The Apple Tablet will actually ship. It will be amazing and I will buy one 🙂
    7. HUH? WHAT'S THAT? The Google Andriod platform will gain 20% market share.
    8. I DON'T THINK SO. The big product for 2010 will be the Kindle and the price will drop to $99 and sales of digital books will soar to over 70% of Amazon’s book sales.
    9. HUH? WHAT'S THAT? Google Chrome will gain 25% market shake but the mac version will still be in Beta.
    10. GREAT IDEA, BUT NOT LIKELY. The Tea party will start to emerge as an actual party but will not put any candidates on the 2010 ballot. Look for tea party candidates in 2012.

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