As I became more moderate in my religious and political views, I lost interest in Pat Robertson and his activities. He dropped off my radar until he hit the news again hen he advocated the US assassinate Chavez. After that I started paying attention to Pat's shenanigans. Mostly, I'm amazed at just how easy it is to manipulate and fool people using religion.
For example, Pat Robertson has, yet again, made a list of predictions for the new year.
Let's take a look at Pat's predictions for 2008:
A major recession in 2008
In light of the collapse of the home mortgage industry, the plummeting dollar and the rising price of oil you'd have to be pretty dense to not expect an impending recession. 43% of Americans thought we were already in a recession in early 2006. God seems to be asleep at the wheel, having just now noticed what close to half the country could see in December of 2005. The information age must be pretty daunting for the being who created time, if he's running a full 25 months behind the average "liberal" blogger.
Higher Gas Prices as a result of oil hitting $150 a barrel
Well, God seems to have read up on Peak Oil. With Oil at $100 a barrel at the start of 2008 and the prospect of the US invading Iran before the 2008 elections, $150 a barrel oil isn't too far fetched an idea.
US Dollar continuing to lose value
The US Dollar started 2008 by falling against the Euro and the Canadian Dollar. A review of how the Dollar has fared since 1999 gives a bleak picture of continuing decline, a depressing downward trend with no sign of relief on the horizion.
"I also believe the Lord was saying by 2009, maybe 2010, there's going to be a major stock market crash,"
Gee, ya think? What on Earth would lead God to suspect such a think would happen?
- Multi-Year recession
- Multiple smaller stock market crashes over the last eight years.
- Skyrocketing government debt
- Increased military expenditure, based on borrowed money
- Rising oil costs
- A collapsing dollar
- Decades of US industry being outsourced to other countries.
- A trade deficit that's still growing, despite all the panic about it in the 1980's
|May 2006 a Pacific Northwest Tsunami and "the coasts are going to be lashed by vicious hurricanes this year"||No hurricanes and three tropical storms|
|January 2004: "I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout" re-election for President Bush.||If God considers a 51% a "blowout" I'd hate to see a close call.|
Of course, the way things have gone post invasion shows that it's Bush who should be eating Crow, but that's another story.
Pat is sticking to predictions that are not just safe, but downright no-brainers. He's taking what secular prognosticators are already saying, claiming it's revelation from God, and regurgitating those predictions as his own.
I'll be waiting for that envelope Pat, the one containing God's messages about the 2008 elections.
I'll be waiting, but I won't be holding my breath.