On the eve of a dramatic change in control of the US government, many Americans are undoubtedly wondering what the next four years will bring. Depending on one's POV, these musing are surely tinged with either horror and dread or hopeful anticipation. There are any number of ways to measure the success or failure of a government: economic statistics like GDP or market indices, trade gaps, average earnings, unemployment rates, poverty rates etc.; health, welfare, and educational statistics, like life expectancy, literacy rates, birth/death rates, abortion rates, homelessness, average global temperatures... again, etc.; military and social indicators like number of wars, number of citizens in uniform, prison population, crime rates in general, murder rates, mass shootings, hate crimes, gun ownership. The list goes on and on, obviously.
So with that in mind, please register your votes in the polls, and if you're feeling brave enough to put your crystal ball to the test, feel free to let us all know in the comments below where you think America will find itself four years from now. Pick a metric or five and be specific. I'll set a reminder to check back in at that time, assuming one is able, and post a follow-up honoring the most prescient among us (but will not be belittling those who may have been just a bit off - unless it's me who's off. I have no problem belittling myself). Here's to either the next four years or surviving the next four years. Best of luck to us all!