Predicting the future is a tough call, yet we all do it. We base our plans for making personal decisions on what we see in our crystal balls. Uncertainty is nothing more than a cloudy vision of what we expect is likely to happen. Making an accurate judgment on what to expect suffers for most because we confuse hope with reality.
Experts differ widely on the outlook for America 10 years from now. It's no wonder that nonexperts have the same problem. Eight locals were randomly interviewed and their predictions also represent divergent mixtures of hope and reality.
"Life will be better and a lot more expensive," said Veronica Garcia of Antioch. "I'm optimistic and I expect the job situation to be much-improved. I personally expect to be better off, but I'm troubled by what we will face in the challenging medical field."
John Meyer of Brentwood predicts dismal days a decade from now.
"It'll be brutal. I blame President Obama's agenda and all the things he is putting in place now," he said. "There's nothing good to expect. Ten years from now our freedom will be gone and I think illegals will be in the driver's seat because of their ever-increasing numbers."
Frank Agudo of Brentwood disagrees. "Life will be much, much better. America will be stronger. We will have learned from our mistakes," he said. "Buy America will create a good job market. Our population will be healthier and more socially responsible. We'll
Antioch's Stu Nahan also is optimistic. "The rebuilding already has begun. The basic economic blocks are being repaired," he said. "Advances in renewable energy will have lowered our dependence on Middle East oil. We'll see the payoff from our current focus on jobs."
Gina Moura of Antioch predicts both good and bad. "The economy will be much-improved and we'll have had recovery in the job situation. The other big factor is that the housing market will be strong again," she said. "On the other side of the coin, schools will have suffered badly from overcrowded classrooms. And, California's population will have grown greatly."
Linda Wood of Bethel Island sees a stormy future. "We're in for ever-worsening conditions all over the country. It's all very depressing," she said. "The cost of health will have skyrocketed well beyond inflation. Retirement not only will be scarier, it will be delayed."
Antioch's Tabatha Johnson's outlook is all negative. "I can't retire like my parents did. I'll probably be working until I'm 85. There's no improvement in sight on any front. The economy will be stagnating. We still may be fighting in wars. And our country's deep debt makes the future scary and uncertain," she said.
Charles Anderson of Antioch also is deeply pessimistic. "Things are awful, with every year worse than the year before," he said. "Look for the country's divisions to get deeper ... money to get tighter ... small businesses still being driven out by big stores. Right now it's hard to have faith in America."
Contact Ed Arnow at BrentwoodBuzz@aol.com.