Some 2022 predictions


Here’s a look at some predictions other, more knowledgeable people have made for 2022:

• The tech site CNET says, “healthcare will never be the same post-pandemic. Expect telehealth to become commonplace now that a lot more people have been exposed to using video calls for health visits. And the COVID-19 vaccine will forever change the way vaccines (and potentially other therapies) are created. … This could prove to be one of the most important medical breakthroughs of the century.”

• The Economist, the London-based news organization, has this to say about next year’s congressional elections: “Few matters in politics are predictable, but the biennial ‘fall brawl’ — otherwise known as the November elections — is sure to focus on America’s southern border. Republicans, having observed Donald Trump’s electoral success after politicizing illegal immigration in 2016, are planning an encore. Expect to hear from them about President Joe Biden’s ‘open-border policies.’ …”

• The financial news site CNBC reported the following view on crypto currency: “Some experts believe bitcoin is due for a sharp decline in the coming months. … Carol Alexander, professor of finance at Sussex University, said she expects bitcoin to tank to as low as $10,000 in 2022, virtually wiping out all of its gains in the past year and a half.”

• CNN film critic Sara Stewart says Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” will win the Oscar for best picture “because I think we’re in the mood for a big nostalgic musical.”

• Information services company HIS Markit made the following prediction about the COVID-19 pandemic: “While general lockdowns will be avoided, service activities will remain constrained until effective and affordable cures become available and make further restrictions unnecessary. The economy will not be derailed in 2022, but the pace of growth will slow.

• correspondent Andy Katz predicts that Duke, Arizona, Purdue and Baylor will get the four regional No. 1 spots in next year’s national college basketball tournament.

• OK, I’ll make a few political predictions myself. First, (and this one requires no crystal ball) Republicans will retake the U.S. House of Representatives.

For one thing, the president’s party almost always loses seats in midterm elections.

Then there’s President Biden’s historic low approval ratings. This may be because he ran as a moderate but is trying to govern from the left.

He doesn’t have a mandate to transfer large parts of our economy from the private sector into government hands. He’s not FDR, but that’s who he’s trying to be. Voters will put a stop to it at their first opportunity.

• If North Carolina’s proposed congressional map survives court challenges, most of Harnett County will be in the new 4th Congressional District.

As a former three-term congresswoman, Dunn’s Renee Ellmers has to be seen as a strong contender among a large group of candidates in what should be a red district. But she’ll have to mend fences with conservatives, whom she angered in 2015 by helping to kill an anti-abortion bill.

But in her defense, she consistently earned 100% ratings from the National Right to Life Committee.

I’m also hearing good things about DeVan Barbour of Benson.

It’s too early to say who will win the Republican nomination, but the winner of that race will win the general.

• Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The GOP race is a tossup between Congressman Ted Budd, who won the Trump endorsement, and former Gov. Pat McCrory.

Whoever wins the GOP primary will win in November.

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