Today, we wanted to give you our predictions for what will happen in US politics in 2018,
8. Global Warming Will Be Worse
Let’s start with the really obvious: the effects of Global Warming Will Be Even Worse this year. 2017 broke records for having some of hottest months since the advent of record-keeping, and marked the first time 3 category 4 hurricanes made landfall with the continental United States. What’s more: the two years prior also broke records with 2016 actually be the warmest thus far. We have every reason to believe this trend will unfortunately continue.
7. Republicans Will Start Caring About Climate Change
And speaking of global warming, this will probably be the year Republicans start giving a shit about it. Fall of 2017 was rough for the South. Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma, and Maria wrecked territories in southern states like Florida and Texas.
These states have traditionally pooped out climate change deniers like Governor Rick Scott and Texas Representative Lamar Smith, but with the stakes for their constituents rising, it’s doubtful that those leaders will be able to keep those beliefs and still hold onto power.
6. Automation Will Push Change In The Democratic Party
Another prediction is that the a democratic outsider will begin using people’s concern over automation as a rallying call for change. This will cause him or her to gain popular support in the process.
Right now, political leadership within the Democratic party has ignored the disruptive effects automation has and will continue to have on our economy. Instead, they have largely focused on spurring economic growth and job creation. It’s our belief that a Democratic “outsider” will begin using the fear of automation to bolster their own profile. Who that leader is remains to be seen.
5. Self-Driving Car Legislation Will Be Passed
Also in the realm of automation, Congress is going to pass a law this year to standardize the regulation of self-driving cars. Tesla, Uber, and Google all have working prototypes that are driving real-life humans in cities and towns across America. The technology is here, and they need legislation to take testing to the next level. If the tax reform bill has taught us anything, it’s that big money passes legislation, and boy does Google have it.
4. Universal Basic Income Enters THE Zeitgeist
Something else to consider is talk of Universal Basic Income, which is the belief that citizens should be entitled to a regular amount of funds irrespective of their age or employment. Several countries have rolled out test pilots, and we are soon going to have the preliminary data for those tests, which policy-makers will use to advocate for or against this policy. Expect some of your lawmakers to have a position on this policy as early as February.
3. Democrats Will Recapture CONGRESS
Moving on, it’s our belief that Democrats will recapture the House, and possibly the Senate (although the latter chamber is less likely). Donald Trump’s victory spurred an unprecedented wave of activism among the Left. Victories in the Virginia state legislature as well as Doug Jones claiming Jeff Session’s Senate seat in Alabama should have Republicans very worried about preserving their supermajority. If Democrats do make ground in 2018, the margin is still going to very close, and the Democratic majority will most likely not be Filibuster-proof.
2. Trump Will Fire Mueller
Also, we're calling it now. Donald Trump will fire Mueller before the investigation hits his son Donald Trump Jr. or his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Mueller appears to be circling in on the Trump family, and as with the termination of FBI Director James Comey, the 45 President has shown that he is willing to do whatever it takes to survive.
The public’s reaction to this decision is hard to predict. The worst case scenario is a series of riots across the United States. The best case scenario is mass displays of civil disobedience. It will probably be a combination of the two.
1. The RIGHT WILL FURTHER MILITARIZE
Lastly, expect the far right to further militarize. The right is infamous for its stockpiling of guns and the formation of independent militias, but for a long time they were held at bay by a respect for existing institutions. That respect has all but dissolved with support for Congress, banks, and newspapers at all time lows. As the Left prepares to retake political power, expect the Right to become more violent in both its rhetoric and actions.