Speed Reads

Election Day 2016

The Simpsons predicted an economic crash from 'President Trump' — 16 years ago

The Simpsons really does seem to get things right.

In an episode that first aired in March 2000, "Bart to the Future," the Lisa Simpson of a possible future timeline is elected as America's "first straight female president" — only to face a serious financial calamity upon taking office.

"As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crisis from President Trump," President Simpson told her first meeting of economic advisers in the Oval Office. "How bad is it, Secretary (Milhouse) Van Houten?"

"We're broke."

Back to real life, and the Dow Jones and other futures markets are plummeting, and at least one major economist is predicting a "global recession with no end in sight."