The 20 Biggest Questions of 2023
What to look for in 2023
Predictions are a fool’s business, but pointing out what the biggest questions of 2023 appear likely to be at this early juncture? That seems worth doing. Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for in 2023.
20) Does the FBI have to provide answers? There are an awful lot of questions swirling around our very politicized FBI. What are the details of their efforts to censor users on various social media platforms? Did they run interference for the Biden administration on Hunter Biden’s laptop? What was the extent of their involvement, if any, with the Jan 6. riot at the Capitol? They appear to be specifically targeting Republicans in some cases – can they defend that? The FBI should be asked about all of these issues by Republicans in the House, UNDER OATH with their BUDGET ON THE LINE. Will that happen? Let’s hope so, but at this point, we should believe it when we see it.
19) Will the substation attacks continue? In the last month, there have been unsolved attacks on substations in North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington State that have left considerable numbers of customers without power, sometimes for several days. These substations are typically unguarded, have hard-to-manufacture parts and no one knows who’s behind the attacks. They could be anyone from loons to environmental extremists to domestic terrorists to foreign terrorists testing potential weak spots. Given the light security and glacial speed of producing the parts used in these substations, this could turn into a significant problem if these attacks continue and spread.
18) How low does crypto go in 2023? Bitcoin was created in 2009, so crypto has never weathered the sort of economic storm we’re experiencing now. The collapse of Luna and FTX were big blows to cryptocurrency and some people believe that Binance and Tether could be next. If so, the entire market would likely take another massive hit.
17) What do Democrats do with the Senate? With a small margin and Republicans in the House acting as a check on them, Democrats are unlikely to get much legislation passed. However, it is at least POSSIBLE that Democrats could continue to push to get rid of the legislative filibuster in the Senate. This would be particularly foolish when it’s entirely possible that Republicans could control all branches of government in 2024, but Democrats are not known for being smart and despite the fact that change could be the event that leads to the end of the United States as a Republic, it’s still a policy they seem committed to pursuing. If they were to do so and succeed, God help us all.
16) How much will the cost of groceries go up in 2023? We’re already facing high inflation and one of the places Americans are feeling it most is at the grocery store. The war between Ukraine and Russia, both of which are food exporters, combined with the drought affecting Western states seems likely to drive food prices significantly higher in 2023.
15) Will we find out who sabotaged the Nord Steam Pipeline? The general consensus seems to be that the Nord Stream Pipeline was sabotaged, but there’s no consensus on which nation did it. The idea that Russia sabotaged its own pipeline seems fairly ludicrous, but people hate Putin so much they’ve been offering that up regularly. The most likely suspect would seem to be the United States, especially given that Joe Biden publicly said he’d “bring an end to it” if Russia invaded Ukraine:
Will we find out the truth in 2023? It seems unlikely, but it’s still an intriguing question.
14) How does Twitter fare under Elon Musk? Twitter had lost money for 8 of the 10 years before Elon Musk bought the company and his commitment to free speech has earned him a lot of enemies on the Left. However, according to Musk, the platform is already on track to break even next year:
Can Musk pull that off while continuing to grow the platform? History says betting against long term usually turns out to be foolish.
13) Who wins the grooming war? It feels like the war over grooming children has reached a tipping point in 2022, although it is far from over. Pushing gender confusion, hard-core pornography and drag queens on children seems increasingly likely to become a defining issue between the Left and the Right. Does the Left stick to their guns or concede that grooming children is not okay?
12) What do Republicans do with the House? Republicans have taken back the House, but they have a narrow margin, a number of factions working at cross-purposes with each other, and Democrats control the Senate. That’s a tough spot to be in, but there are still investigations that need to be done and they do have the power of the purse. Can the House GOP deliver anything, or will they live down to the low expectations people have of them?
11) Does China make a move on Taiwan? China intends to bring Taiwan back into the fold by hook or by crook and they may regard the United States and Europe being engaged in economic warfare with Russia as an opportunity. Would we be willing to actually go to war with China over Taiwan at the same time our sanctions on Ukraine are costing us billions and creating energy shortages in Europe? No one seems to think an invasion of Taiwan is imminent, but most observers in the region believe China is preparing for war. Our heavy involvement in the war between Ukraine and Russia could be the opportunity they’ve been waiting to seize.
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