Welcome to 2020-Too | Tacoma Daily Index


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By Morf Morford

Tacoma Daily Index

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If there is something that hardly anyone wants, it would be 2020 version 2.

But when we hear it or say it, it certainly is what it sounds like.

With increasing economic instability impacting everything from interest rates to house prices and inflation across the board, from healthcare to grocery prices, increasingly unpredictable weather conditions and records in almost every corner of the country, if not the world, and of course like an annoying pop song that gets stuck in our brains, COVID, in all of its iterations and updated versions, just doesn’t go away.

And, if you are looking for political division, you don’t have to look far; in the 2020 presidential election (just over a year ago), here’s how Pierce County voted; Joseph R. Biden / Kamala D. Harris (Democratic Party nominees) – 249,506 (53.76%); Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence (Republican Party nominees) – 197,730 (42.61%).

That’s roughly a difference of about 9% – which, in terms of numbers, means about 51,000 votes.

That’s roughly the population (not all voters, of course) of Puyallup and Sumner put together.

Our local (county) political / philosophical divide only reflects our state east / west divide (also called the Cascading Curtain) and our nearly equal national divide on almost every issue.

None of these trends are expected to change anytime soon.

In fact, these movements are gaining momentum – and dragging us along, along with other corollary trends and circumstances.

You could use the term “more of the same” but, like the expression “avoid like the plague”, this expression has lost all its meaning and relevance.

“Avoiding like the plague” has proven to be meaningless in an era when many of us won’t follow even the most basic hygiene or public health protocols, and “more of the same” has a very different impact when, in weather and natural disasters at least, the term refers to record fires, droughts, rains, floods and storms of all kinds.

And, of course, dropping the term “more of the same” tells us that “the same” is hardly a remote possibility.

2022 will spend most of its energy emerging from the rubble of 2020-2021.

Some predictions of what will differentiate 2022

In the economy

Remote working will be here to stay, with most US businesses planning to continue remotely, or almost all. Robots will dominate warehouses and factories.

Interest rates will gradually increase for at least the duration of 2022.

Artificial intelligence technology will be used by more and more companies to increase employee productivity and improve efficiency. This will improve rather than displace human workers, and a record number of new jobs will be created. The average wage of workers will increase accordingly.

Supply chain issues will largely dissipate.

Inflation will certainly continue.

The value of the US dollar, against other currencies, will certainly increase, making US goods more expensive for foreign countries.

Digital currencies will become a staple medium of exchange for more and more of us.

The Federal Reserve is likely to issue a digital dollar as an alternative to coins and banknotes.

Supply chain issues are prompting American businesses to relocate within U.S. borders – or at least Mexico or Canada.

The Chinese economy is becoming even more unstable.

Lodging

Home sales and prices will stabilize.

Construction will continue, but thanks to interest rates and changing demand, sales and prices will become even more region specific.

Rents will go up at a higher rate than mortgages.

Home prices in some areas will increase, while prices in other areas will drop significantly.

Talk about the weather

The priority this year for policymakers will be the need to protect the electricity grid against bad weather.

The weather in the world will become more and more intense and irregular.

As in recent years, we can expect unprecedented flooding in parts of Europe and fires in Australia, Canada and other parts of the world.

Energy

We can expect cyber attacks on major oil pipelines and other systems in our power grids.

Significantly increased possibility of a drone attack on this American electricity system.

criminality

Violent crime will continue to increase in cities and rural areas. Local governments will spend more money on their police forces in hopes of stemming the tide of violence and thefts from local shopping malls.

Postal service is more than mail

The United States Post will provide banking services at certain locations where customers can cash and deposit business checks.

Time

A law is passed to make daylight saving time permanent in the United States.

Finally.

Across the pond

Scotland will vote for and retain its own independence and will not join the EU.

Europe will have its own supply chain issues that will certainly influence food supplies – and prices.

Several European countries are starting to move towards cashless companies.

The return of pop culture

Theaters will make a comeback in 2022 with a host of blockbusters – mostly remakes or sequels – including The Batman, Top Gun, Jurassic World, Mission Impossible 7, the Marvel and Avatar 2.

You can expect many additional features of the big screen experience, from 3D to enhanced sound and special effects.

In short, they will do almost anything to bring us back to the big screens.

In politics

Across the country, and across the challenges, a new generation, with very different priorities, will intensify. This will change the public face of the two main political parties.

Too strange to believe

10% of the world’s population will wear clothes connected to the Internet.

Social media will become even more intrusive and start to lose its fascination, especially among younger users.

COVID will go away as quickly as it arrived.

Shaking hands and a kiss will end completely as a greeting and not come back.

Whatever happens, remember you heard it here first.

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