Methane will continue to leak from underground sources in the western US in unprecedented amounts, exacerbating greenhouse gas effects over the long haul. Continuing oscillations in the jet stream will cause further record-setting weather patterns in the US, Australia and the arctic as climate change slowly escalates. Radical right-wing American politicians will continue to deny that the weather fluctuations have any relevance or connection to carbon dioxide levels exceeding 400 ppm.
Radical right-wing American politicians will show no foresight about taxing low-priced gasoline sales resulting from oil prices remaining below $50 per barrel. As a result, more US bridges and roadways will fail under increasing use, especially in low tax states like Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri. Consumers will continue to spend the annual average $500 they each saved in fuel costs on restaurant meals instead of fixing roads or preparing for retirement.
The US Federal Open Markets Committee will continue to raise the discount interest rate to almost one percent by year end. Bond prices will continue to suffer, with some capital moving to equities late in the year for better yields. The US dollar will continue to strengthen as a safe haven for capital preservation.
Reduced funding for the IRS, the EPA and other regulatory agencies will result in harsher financial penalties for apprehended lawbreakers and increasing numbers of cases destined for costly settlements. A number of federal bureaucracies will become more intransigent and less lenient as the agencies try to impose lawful constraints on businesses with fewer resources. This will lead to greater decrying of the US regulatory scheme and the federal government as a whole among citizens who misunderstand the tendencies of an underfunded bureaucracy.
The Republican control of the US Congress and the dearth of moderate voices will lead to fewer compromises on policy and increased corporate interference in market factors. Corporate and financial interests will more easily, regularly and directly purchase influence in the government as the Supreme Court continues to remove regulations and laws prohibiting influence-peddling for politicians and corporations.
Campaigning for the 2016 elections will become ugly and wax negative very quickly. Voter discouragement through negative ads will permeate the campaign. Radical right-wing Republicans not satisfied with discouraging the voters will seek further to purge them from voter rolls through various strategies while claiming to fight voter fraud. Despite this, the Democratic nominee will win the election while Republicans continue control of the Congress. Gun and ammunition sales will surge again after the election.
Fewer airlines will use FAA certified mechanics as airline maintenance becomes further outsourced to the developing world. More maintenance failures will result in some catastrophic aircraft losses before the regulatory failure becomes recognized.
Overcrowded prisons will continue to increase the control of gangs inside and outside of those prisons. Drug-abusers in the US will continue to become incarcerated before being given scant medical treatment, leading to increasing relapse and recidivism rates.
Violence against US interests will continue to be misunderstood by most Americans, leading to increased support for the military-industrial complex and electronic surveillance of the general population.
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