The year has come to an end. As always there are stories and people who stand out for what they tell us about us and what they did with the issues we faced. The 2013 top 5 people and stories (in no particular order) of the year:
1. ObamaCare- The Affordable Care Act is not the best solution to solving America’s health care crisis, but it is certainly the best political and economic decision that could have been made between the three branches of American government. Arguments ensued, debates raged on for months, years. Compromises were made, votes were taken, the law was passed and judged constitutional by a conservative leaning Supreme Court. Now implementation is taking place.
2. The case of the Marathon Bombers, alleged to be Chechnyan born Dzhokharv and Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Boston , Massachusetts, brings together the national debate on gun control, immigration reform, attitudes toward the Islamic religion, and constitutional rights. In this case, the Miranda Rule.
3. Syria civil war - In Syria, the carnage continues, this time chemical weapons are coming to the fore front. Who used them was the question. The rebels claim that the government has used them all along, but there is evidence that rebel forces had a hand in their use in order to gain sympathy for their cause, and, yes, to goad the American President into backing their side. The result all the chemical weapons that can be found will be shipped out of the country. But there is no end in sight for the civil war.
4. There, the year is done. Congress met in Washington and concluded the year actually doing the people’s business. Members of the United States House and Senate actually worked together and passed a budget.
5. No Gun control - It appears that a ban on “assault weapons” in the hands of persons not in the military or law enforcement in the United States will not happen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority leader said last this year that "Right now her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That's not 60." Reid was referring to the amendment filed by California Senator Dianne Feinstein.