Every January 1st we have an opportunity to look back on the previous year and then have an chance to identify what we want to change in the new year.  It is like a time to start anew, a point where we can begin fresh.  It is also a time that we make resolutions.  The majority of these will be broken within the first month but at least we felt compelled to make them.  Every once in a while a resolution is maintained and by the end of the year we can feel satisfied that what we started we completed.  The first of the year also allows us to prognosticate; try to forecast what the year ahead has in store for us.  This week it is my turn to take a look at what 2017 has in store.  I do this hesitantly as I am a born optimist and this will certainly skew my look at the upcoming year.

We will be having a new president.  That is a given.  The transition of power from the present administration to the new administration will be displayed for the press as being tranquil but behind the scenes there will be attempts to make the next four year somewhat rocky.  This will not succeed and overall, we will have a successful transition of power and the new president will move into the White House and we will witness a new approach to running the country. This  approach being more a corporate management style instead of a political controlled style such as we are currently being governed.

The stock market will have ups and downs but we will break not only the DOW 20,000 barrier but also the 21,000 barrier.  This will happen when it is discovered that regulations that have been strangling America for many years will be getting removed, tax reform proposals are under legislative change and the EPA will be absorbed into the Department of Energy thus providing a more amicable relationship between energy and environment.

Unemployment will be at or below 4.5 percent.  Also wages will be rising and inflation will increase to 1.5 to 2.0 percent.  This will prompt the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates three times at .25 percent each.

Immigration reform will be going into place.  There will be no mass eviction of undocumented workers a.k.a. illegal immigrants.  Instead, law enforcement agencies will be stepping up enforcement of existing laws and illegal immigrants arrested for felony crimes will be getting deported instead of going free onto the streets.  Workers that are working and performing a service for the United States in a non-harming manner will be allowed to remain in the country on a documented worker program.  The wall will be going up by the end of 2017 but it will not all be a solid fence.  Many of the areas will be controlled by technology with quick deployment teams composed of Border Patrol agents standing by to intercept the illegal aliens via a rapid deployment model.  If a deported immigrant is captured back in the country the immigrant will not be deported but will be incarcerated instead.

Syria will still be in a civil war and the refugees who only want to find a place to keep from dying will be plagued by being branded by association of a few terrorist wreaking havoc across Europe.  Trump and Putin will come to an agreement to allow a free base zone for the refugees to live.  America will threaten to pull out of the U.N. and this will lead to the development of a huge area designated for the refugees in Syria.  The camp will be located in Syria and will be funded and supported by the U.N.  The Syrian civil war will continue but ISIS will take major casualties as a more coordinated coalition will fight the terrorist organization.  ISIS will develop different methods of attach against the West and Internet Hacking will take on a new meaning as ISIS probes the major networks of the world.

Unfortunately, Iranian relationships will get no better and the Israeli/Palestinian situation will have little improvement.  I would love to be proven wrong on these issues but see little chance of this happening.

American companies will be finding more value in staying in America and not moving off shore.  Coercion by the Federal government plus a better tax structure plus a more agreeable work force will cause companies to bring jobs home while corporate America will opt to remain in America.

Overall 2017 will be a good year for America and this will spill over to the rest of the world; but then again I am an optimist.

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