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Monday, December 29, 2014

2014: That Was The Year That Was

Eric Cantor (who???).  ISIS.  Ebola.  Rep. Michael Grimm (R—Greasebag) threatening a reporter with “I'll break you in half, like a boy!”  Midterm elections — Republican takeover of the Senate.  Legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington.  Gay marriage now legal in 35 states.  Militarization of local police departments.  Ferguson.  Michael Brown.  Eric Garner.  “I Can't Breathe!”  “Mayor Bill de Blasio, Don't Insult My Sacrifice!”  North Korea/Sony/“The Interview.”  Obama's executive action on immigration reform.  Ditto the Cuban embargo.

Interesting year.

As Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat says, 2014 gets a bad rap, much of it undeserved:

“Sorry, 2014. It was all a big misunderstanding.  Never has a year been portrayed as so unremittingly bleak (including, at times, by yours truly). Yet all the while it turns out it was humming along just fine.  Remember how an entire national election was conducted around the ideas that the economy is cratering, Ebola is coming and Obamacare is a job-smothering disaster?  Oops. The economy was in fact skipping along — the U.S. added the most jobs this year since 1999. Ebola never came. And Obamacare not only didn’t go into the much-predicted “death spiral” or kill millions of jobs, it prompted the largest, fastest drop in the number of uninsured in generations.”


“Just about everything that we want to go down did drop in 2014: the deficit, oil imports, gas prices, unemployment, teen pregnancy. What we want to go up mostly did go up: wages, the stock market, green energy, school test scores.”

So there.  And on that note, Happy New Year!


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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Happy New Year,Tom!

December 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Thanks Jerry, and Happy New Year to you too.

December 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Westneat forgot to mention that 2014 was the year Seattle paid off on the Kingdome.

This is also the first President in my memory that wasn't given credit for lower gas prices that happened under his watch.


December 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Lower gas prices are the result of the GOP successfully thwarting Obama's communist agenda, so Republicans deserve the credit :)

December 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

Happy New Year, Tom.

I have to say this is the most positive I've felt things in a long time.

If the economy keeps cranking along like this I'm not sure what the GOP presidential candidates will be able to criticize.

December 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a year it wasindeed

January 1, 2015 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: Happy New Year to you too. I agree things look more positive now than they have in a long time. But don't worry, the Republicans will always find a few non-issues to get their useful idiots all whipped up into a frenzy.

January 1, 2015 at 10:52 AM  

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