Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of December 21, 2012. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.

Ariel Walden,

1. 2012 and Thank You!

Today is the final show of 2012 and I wanted to take some time to thank all of you for listening. I started the year hosting Lubbock's First News and I'm ending the year in a new time-slot and having a lot of fun thanks to you staying with me through the change and even spreading the word about the new show.

All of you out there who click to read the Morning Brief and tuned in to Lubbock's First News while I was on that show are a big reason why the new show was created. You tune in and participate everyday and I appreciate it. Without you being out there in the past and right now, we wouldn't being seeing the success that The Chad Hasty Show is seeing. So, THANK YOU!

For many, 2012 didn't exactly go the way we wanted. President Obama was re-elected and the nation seems to be getting worse and worse. This time of year though, try not to think about that and instead be thankful for what you have. If there is anything we can learn from the tragic shootings in Connecticut, it's to be thankful and to hold on tight for what we have. Enjoy the time you have with family and friends over the next week and then get ready to get back to work to make this country a better place than it is right now.

Merry Christmas to all of you. Here's to 2013, may it be more prosperous and better for you all.

2. Predictions

Over the past week I have been taking your predictions for 2013, but I really haven't given many of my own. So, here are a few of my predictions for 2013.

  • Texas Tech Football fans will grow tired of the word swagger.
  • Texas Tech Football will make a bowl game, but only win 7 or 8 games.
  • The Lubbock City Council will vote to raise taxes.
  • The Lubbock City Council will look to pass more laws aimed at adult behavior. The nanny-state grows in Lubbock.
  • Councilman Todd Klein will not seek re-election. Instead he will look at running at the County level.
  • This time next year, no one will really remember Imagine Lubbock Together.
  • The City of Lubbock will discuss plans of a bond election. It will include money for a new Police station, Godeke Library, $$ for infrastructure, $$ for a performance theater downtown.
  • LISD will also plan a bond election.
  • A state-wide smoking ban will pass in the Texas House, but it will not survive.
  • The State Legislature will ban texting while driving. Governor Rick Perry will veto.
  • Governor Rick Perry will announce he will seek re-election.
  • Julian Castro will NOT run for Governor.
  • The U.S. economy will continue to be flat.
  • More Americans will drop out of the job market.
  • The gun control debate will go silent.
  • The United States will announce a War on Obesity. Hello soda tax!

There are a few of mine.

3. Plan B Pulled (link)

Well this was interesting to see last night. Speaker John Boehner realized that he was bleeding Republican support, and that the White House was going to veto anyway, pulled the "Plan B" plan. According to FOX News:

Boehner lost 21 Republicans on the spending cuts bill, and lawmakers later claimed at least 40 Republicans came out against the tax plan -- enough to scuttle the bill absent Democratic backing.


The House put off the vote, with no indication as to whether it might be rescheduled, as Boehner prodded the Senate to act.


"The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Boehner said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.”


In a statement Thursday night, the White House said the "President will work with Congress to get this done and we are hopeful that we will be able to find a bipartisan solution quickly that protects the middle class and our economy."

Boehner noted the House had already passed legislation to stop all tax rate increases, in addition to the spending cuts bill. He concluded: “The Senate must now act."


What do you think happens next?

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