Early year in review

By Steve Eggleston

It is the end of the year, so it is time for a look back at the year 2013 was. Everybody and their brother will be ranking the top stories, so I will present an unranked list.

The Boston Marathon bombing – The first successful Islamist attack on American soil in 12 years can not be ignored. Several of the red flags that were missed prior to 9/11/2001 were missed this time, crowd-sourcing of a potential suspects list fell flat on its face, and a manhunt that actively shut out the larger populace only became successful after said populace was released from a “shelter-in-place” order and one of their number found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Then, a magistrate judge, with the acquiescence of the Justice Department, effectively shut down the interrogation of Tsarnev by reading him his Miranda rights before he could finish telling investigators what he and his brother did.

The rise of the Imperial Presidency – One could do an entire book on all the executive orders that violate standing statutes issued by President Barack Obama. Perhaps the most egregious example was the elimination of the work/work-search requirement for food stamps, which was part of the Newt Gingrich-led Congress’ biggest victory against former President Bill Clinton. It is effectively an admission that, as long as Obama’s economic policies are in place, 1 in 4 Americans of prime working age, between 25 and 54 years old, will never be able to find a job.

The spectacular failure that is ObamaCare – What can I say that hasn’t already been said? The last several instances of the Imperial Presidency have revolved around the failures, and thanks in part to a threat of a Presidential veto of a codification of the decrees, none of them have actually been codified.

The search for a new base by the GOP – To say that the Republican Party and the business interests that seem to be the only element of its current base the party wants to keep are Whigs would be an insult to Whigs. The other reason why none of the ObamaCare decrees was codified was because the GOP acted as though they didn’t really want even a temporary delay in the employer health insurance mandate. Now, the US Chamber of Commerce is going to commit at least $50 million to remake the GOP into the Democrat Party circa 1978.

The $750 million settlement in the NFL concussion lawsuit – The rules on hits to the head and returns from concussions had already changed radically over the last several years in both the NFL and college football. What this settlement became was a wake-up call of sorts to other sports. For example, Major League Baseball set out to explicitly ban collisions at home plate and instituted a special 7-day disabled list for those who had been concussed. NASCAR strengthened its concussion protocol to include a mandatory baseline test.