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What to Look for in 2012

What to Look for in 2012

January 3rd, 2012 // 11:26 am @

Here are some things to consider in 2012, several possible trends which could make significant changes in our world by the end of the year ahead:

  1. Barring major events, the news of 2012 will most likely be all about the election, especially the presidential election.But the real potential for election change will be in the Congress.The most important determinant of how America will run after the 2012 election will be whether Congress remains split or if one party gains control of both houses—regardless of what happens in the presidential race.This won’t be the media focus, but those who understand American politics will keep their eye on the coming changes in Congress.
  2. More Democrats are arguing for less government spending.[i]This shift in thinking is getting very little press because the election story is so dominant in the current media.Since few Democrats are using this frustration with government spending as a reason to vote for non-Democrat candidates, it receives sparse coverage.But it is a significant change, regardless.Many Republicans and most independents and moderates believe that Washington spends too much already.

    If more Democrats continue to adopt the same view, it may become a major story in the years ahead.

  3. The credit rating agencies that downgraded the U.S. credit rating in 2011 are still very closely watching the U.S. economy and some indications are that further downgrades could be ahead if the economy continues to struggle.Along with this, for the first time in many decades, U.S. securities are less stable than some other investments,[ii]and money flow away from the U.S. is increasing—especially since the middle of 2011.If these trends continue, U.S. economic challenges could drastically worsen in the next twenty months.
  4. Some leaders in Saudi Arabia have voiced concerns about how the U.S. handled Egypt, especially President Mubarak, during the 2011 Arab Spring.[iii]As the popular uprising grew, the Obama Administration eventually suggested that Mubarak step down.Regardless of whether or not this was the right approach, the sentiment among some Saudi and other Middle Eastern leaders goes something like this: “If that’s how the U.S. treats its allies, do we really want to trust Washington for anything?”Ironically, many in Israel are feeling the same emotion.Add to this the under-reported influence of Saudi investors in major European and U.S. businesses and banks, and this trend may be the most impactful in years to come.

    Western economic dependency on Middle East oil is well known, but the bigger danger may come from direct investment in businesses and banks.

    If massive sums of Petro Dollars were pulled from Western banks, for example, the term “too big to fail” would take on a whole new meaning.

  5. We have been warned about cyber terrorism for some time now. Is 2012 the year?
  6. Will Israel bomb an Iranian nuclear facility?[iv]If so, how will the Obama Administration react?
  7. Ironically, a focus on jobs may finally become a focus in Washington during the election year of 2012. The bad news is that the parties are unlikely to work together to make real changes.Hopefully, this turns out to be untrue, but if current trends continue little will actually occur.

The good news in all this is that a relatively few changes would bring a drastic positive change in momentum and infuse the nation with positive innovative energy.

For example, four changes could establish a massive change of direction and rebirth of American success (like the shift in American perspective which occurred when Reagan took over leadership from Carter).

The four include:

1) a rollback of all federal policies since 2000 that have hurt small business and dis-incentivized innovation, growth and hiring

2) an effective long-term policy to fix the problem with entitlements, balance the budget and get control of our national debt

3) a restructuring of American education funding to support technical training, community colleges and other non-traditional methods to increase the competitiveness of our workforce

4) a move away from international invasions and wars abroad while maintaining a strong national security presence

I am not predicting that these will occur, but they would be greatly beneficial to the nation if they did.

Finally, each year brings its share of surprises.

For example, who could have guessed in 2010 that the year ahead would bring the death of Osama bin Laden or the refusal of the White House to take leadership in a serious jobs plan?

Whatever comes in 2012, America needs to get its financial house in order and re-incentivize business growth and hiring.

These are vital priorities.

[i] Meet the Press, December 25, 2011

[ii] Face the Nation, December 25, 2011

[iii] Meet the Press, December 25, 2011

[iv] The Atlantic predicted that this might happen in 2011.


odemille 133x195 custom Egypt, Freedom, & the Cycles of HistoryOliver DeMille is the co-founder of the Center for Social Leadership, and a co-creator of Thomas Jefferson Education.

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4 Comments → “What to Look for in 2012”

  1. Stan Szczesny

    12 years ago

    Oliver, I enjoyed this post. Your thinking is well-informed and refreshingly pragmatic. I especially found your idea on restructuring education funding intriguing.

  2. Oliver DeMille

    12 years ago

    Thanks, Stan! Great to have you visit. I absolutely love your blog.

  3. Keith

    12 years ago


    I would suggest Gerald Celente’s Trends Research. His assessment for 2012 is optimistic and pessimistic. Catherine Austin Fitts of Solari Report knows what is happening. Here is a recent interview of her that just took place a few days ago: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlexJonesChannel#p/u/19/iKOKjPpMUGI

    2012 is the year of power shift. Since the fed cannot raise taxes or print more money to pay for its debt, it will seek to devalue the dollar by 40%. FDR did this when he exchanged one ounce of gold for a gold certificate equal to $20. Then suddenly a few months latter he arbitrarily set the price of Gold to $35, thus devaluing the paper certificate. If you see how gold and silver have been deliberately devalued by SLV and GLD paper futures to prepare for this, you might see what I am talking about.

    2012 is the year the monster comes out of the closet and more and more Americans begin to see the corruption and theft of the central banks (ie MF Global). Nothing in the mainstream media will be able to shut this awakening down.

    Obama’s recent signing of the NDAA on the 31 of Dec will be his downfall. The only way to beat him by any Republican will be to showcase his statism and not his socialism. This has already started and this reveals again the huge power shift between the birthing of a police state and the shift toward liberty. As the TSA continues to invade our personal privacy and even start attending major events and even high school proms to do the same, and when the mainstream media refuses to report on this, the alternative media will report and this will continue the power shift.

    A good example of the sharp difference between the establishment media and the rising alternative media is seeing maxkeiser.com and then listening to Meet The Press. More and more Americans are beginning to hunger after genuine expression over scripted analysis. In fact, as of late 2011, the alternative media surpassed the mainstream media in readers and viewers.

    Lastly, 2012 will be the year of seeing evil come out into the open, meaning we will see the corruption of bureaucratic protectionism in full bloom as it tries desperately to keep hold while the beehive nation will seek to split and divide. In the natural world a beehive splits when it gets too big. 2012 will be the year of new market models that split and divide, and new business models that do the same. In the state of Ohio there are over 400 Employee Owned businesses (coops). This is moving into Canada and into Europe as well but slow to pick up out west. When it does move out west, and when venture capital funds see the benefit of exiting their investing into an ESOP, they will get the advantage of no capital gains from their investment.

    As for cyber terrorism. Not a chance. If it does happen, I can guarantee it will be a false flag event and the excuse sought after by certain controlling parties who will use it to impose controls on the Internet in the name of safety for some but in the name of eliminating competitors for others.

    I could go on but wish to state one last thing. 2012 is a battleground for a new america and a new world. Over the next one-hundred years, we will look to this year as the beginning to a land end to redeem freedom and the conservation of responsibility into the hands that add value within closed community systems. It took over one hundred years for powers to centralize to such inhuman levels it will take the same to decentralize them for a new millennium.

  4. Oliver DeMille

    12 years ago


    Thanks for your insightful additions.

    As for the cyber-terrorism pooh-pooh: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you. And just because cyber-terrorism could be used as a false-flag event, doesn’t mean that others might not successfully utilize cyber attacks for other purposes.



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