What's in store for the future? Let's take a look: 2009-2020

Five years, and our economy will be just ducky.

That's according to a recent story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a paper I've long admired. Reporter Emily C. Dooley interviewed a handful of experts in the Richmond, Virginia area, and that was their take on the situation. That by about 2013, we're all going to be surveying the economic landscaping and saying, "Hey, not bad."

Of course, five years is a long time to wait to adjust to the new reality of gas prices or to feel more secure about your job and lifestyle. The article makes it clear that these are just predictions, implying that in five years, things could go great and then bad again, where we're looking at another down cycle. But it got me to thinking...