An Era Of Utter Unpredictability

Can an entire nation get whiplash? You bet. Just look around. In the flash of a few months, the stock market goes from euphoria to panic back to euphoria again, taking millions along for the angst-ridden ride. One day, there's a liquidity crisis. The next moment, companies are asking, "What credit crunch?" In September, the President looks like he might be impeached. By November, Newt Gingrich is out on his butt. TV pundits predict a major sweep for Republicans in Congressional elections. Voters prove them hopelessly wrong. In the fall, America appeared to be entering an Age of Uncertainty. As the countdown for yearend 1998 begins, it is clear that the U.S. is really in an Era of Utter Unpredictability.

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