What Happened in 2013?

A few notable occurrences in 2013:

Obama’s bailout of the American auto industry with taxpayer money resulted in Chrysler no longer being an American company. It is now owned by Fiat, an Italian company, which profited from the bailout that, in the end, cost taxpayers $1.3 billion.

Iraq had its deadliest year since 2008 with 8,868 Iraqis killed in 2013. After Obama pulled our troops out, essentially abandoning Iraq, Al-Qaida took advantage as predicted and violence is now increasing. We also abandoned a strategic military base in Iraq that may prove costly as the Middle East continues to explode.

Obamacare kicked in with little preparation and much confusion, shocking even the hardcore left with its incompetency. Even more shocking was the revelation that Obama lied about being able to keep your doctor and health insurance plan. Sticker shock also set in as costs for insurance plans began to surface.

Smoking bans expanded to parks and beaches and higher taxes on cigarettes increased across the nation in the continuing effort to eliminate smoking. Ironically, marijuana smoking for medicinal purposes increased and legalization of the recreational smoking of marijuana kicked off in Denver where pot smoking tours for out-of-state visitors are now being conducted.

Global warming dire predictions increased in direct proportion to reports debunking manmade global warming. The declared “scientific consensus” on manmade global warming has still not been reached; the Arctic sea ice coverage increased rather than decreased; scientists’ predictions of global cooling increased; and the 17th year of no increase in global temperature was reached.

Nothing was accomplished on comprehensive immigration reform other than to re-define it as “amnesty” in everyone’s mind. More promises to secure the border were made, and ignored, while amnesty for illegal immigrants became the de facto solution for reform.

The U.S. lost more respect and credibility around the world as Obama rashly set a red line on Syria that he then blatantly ignored and allowed Iran to stall for time to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Abortion and birth control became “rights” with no personal responsibilities attached.

Miley Cyrus changed her image by lowering the decency bar for celebrities (as if it wasn’t low enough) and provided a new role model for young girls that will cause parents to lose sleep for years to come. Alec Baldwin, on the other hand, remained consistent as a complete ass.

David J. Hentosh

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