They will quickly tell you what rosy things will happen if we dutifully follow Obama's plan for the US. They will also tell you what dire consequences we will face if we don't do what High Priest Al Gore and the other Green Bozos say we should do. Truth is, they're about as accurate as Jeanne Dixon (remember her?).
For example. From I Hate the Media: "Remember how the Obama administration’s Car Czar told us that General Government Motors path to future prosperity was hybrid cars? Turns out that pronouncement was about as accurate as the rest of the forecasts from this gang of economic incompetents."
But guess what? Most "experts" had predicted a 5% share by now and one respected forecaster (obviously one of Al Gore's cadre of eco-masseuses) said their share would be 17% this year. And you know what kind of car's market share is improving? You guessed it. SUV's. ("I hate the Media "h/t mean ol' meany)
So, if you have to speculate about the future, who do you trust? I'm usually skeptical of most predictions that go further than tomorrow. But if I must pick a prophet, give me one that knows about the past. Why? Since humans learn at a glacial pace, the past tends to repeat itself. Who knows about the past? Historians do, unless they're of the ilk that are too busy trying to revise it to suit their Marxist goals.
There is one Historian guy I trust, even when he makes a prognosis about the future. I trust him because I know he's extrapolating from a solid base of present and past knowledge.
In an interview with Blog4History, Victor Davis Hanson answers the question: "where do you see the United States in 20 years, both militarily and politically?"
VDH: I think it will be militarily preeminent, but its supremacy won’t be unquestioned when a billion-person China or India can marry their newly energized capitalist economies and limitless manpower to high-tech, Western weaponry. Our status ultimately hinges on the degree that we maintain a free market, productive economy, encourage immigration of the risk-taking and entrepreneurial, avoid tribalism and social unrest, and retain a tragic sense that military forces are necessary as a deterrent against greater evils than peacetime military expenditure. Clearly much of this depends on a competitive educational system that instill a tragic sense of self, rather than the current trends to a therapeutic curriculum that emphasize questions of self-esteem in lieu of imparting facts and inductive methodologies.Read the complete article. It's well worth your time.
In this last paragraph of the interview, Hanson explains what the US should do to ensure its survival. These are issues of current political debate. Is he right? What do you think?
Do you think, to take his last example, what goes on in the classrooms of the US now, helping little Jack and little Jill to feel better about themselves, will produce in twenty years the kinds of citizens necessary to ensure our survival as a nation?