Well, here we are. The last day of 2011. What were the top stories of this year?
At least for me, they all seem to blur together in what, at times, seemed to be a psychedelic cross between the movies “The Manchurian Candidate” and the Monkees’ “Head”.
Courtesy of usnews.com, here are the top stories, in no particular order, along with a little analysis from yours truly.
1. Shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
On January 8, Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents when she and 18 others were shot at a shopping center near Tucson. Six people were killed, including a federal judge, though Giffords, who was shot point blank in the head, survived. The shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, was declared incompetent to stand trial and has not revealed why he tried to kill Giffords.
A horrible tragedy, which somehow the Liberals and their minions, the Main Stream Media, wound up blaming Sarah Palin for. I’m still trying to figure that one out.
2. Arab Spring
The protests that began in Tunisia and spread throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa eventually become known as the Arab Spring. Fueled by unemployed young citizens and frustration with longtime leaders and corrupt police, the protests have prompted the overthrow of three leaders, in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, and the emergence of democratic elections. Other leaders have vowed to step down from power when their current terms end.
Have you noticed that the Main Stream Media cannot bring themselves to report the role that the Muslim Brotherhood has played behind the scenes, basically supplying the matches for the bonfire?
3. Killing of Osama bin Laden
The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks that killed about 3,000 Americans as well as other terrorist attacks was shot and killed by Navy SEALs on May 2. The event was considered a crucial blow to the Islamist militant group al Qaeda and one long sought after by American military since September 11. After the covert mission at a compound in Pakistan, bin Laden’s remains were disposed of at sea.
The Commander-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm), came off of the golf course just in time to pull his swivel chair up to the monitors to watch our Best and Brightest dispatch this monster to the fiery pit.
4. Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
After years of lobbying by liberal and gay rights groups and more recently the likes of pop star Lady Gaga, Congress passed a repeal of the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that barred gays from openly serving in the military. The law was signed by President Obama despite protests from some military leaders, notably from the Marines, who claimed the change in policy would interrupt service and potential weaken the military.
A Liberal Administration performing a Social Experiment on the finest fighting force in the world. Why? To try to further a political goal.
5. Occupy Wall Street
Protesting income inequality and corporate dominance, activists decided to camp out near New York’s Wall Street. The movement spread throughout the United States and even spilled into other countries. Protesters have spent time railing against the wealthiest 1 percent and coined the slogan “We are the 99 percent.”
…While being financed by the likes of George Soros (one of the richest men in the world) and South American Communists. And, who could forget that noble feat of defecating on the car of one of New York’s Finest.
6. GOP presidential race
From Donald Trump to Herman Cain, the Republican race to pick a presidential nominee has been a roller-coaster ride. Businessman Trump flirted with the idea of jumping into the GOP field, but has decided instead to wait and see who the nominee is, floating the idea that he may run as an independent.
That’s good, because he’s not a Republican. Come to think of it, neither is Huntsman.
7. Greece debt crisis
A variety of economic factors and political decisions left Greece teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and caused a panic in the euro zone, culminating in a series of monetary bailouts. But the Greek crisis, which may end up being repeated in Italy and other European countries, has had an enormous impact on the European bloc and worldwide.
Everybody, the economic experts, that is, says that it’s headed our way. I hope not, but, given the economic ineptness of our current administration, anything is possible.
8. Debt ceiling fight
In a showdown set up by the midterm elections that saw Republicans take over the House of Representatives and provide a foil to President Obama, a Democrat, lawmakers wrangled several times over raising the federal debt ceiling. Though both sides recognized it needed to be done, Republicans sought to secure as many spending concessions from Democrats as possible to make good on campaign promises of getting the country’s fiscal house in order. But the stalemate and brinkmanship that highlighted how difficult compromise is to come by in Washington, D.C., led a bond rating agency to downgrade the country’s credit rating.
Of course, Obama’s horrible economic policy and lack of leadership in general, had nothing to do with this situation at all, did it? Naw, not much.
9. End of the Iraq War
As of mid-December, the final combat troops from the United States were removed from Iraq, marking the end of the war that began in 2003. The war began under President George W. Bush under the assumption that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and after the nation refused to fully cooperate with the international community regarding inspections. After the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime, no such weapons were found, though the leader was hunted down, tried, and later executed for crimes against humanity.
Of course, as I’ve previously reported, the very day that Obama was celebrating his accomplishment in bringing the troops home, Iraq was being bombed by Islamic Terrorists. Can you say, “Premature Evacuation”?
By now, you’re saying, Hey! That’s only 9 events. Shouldn’t there be a tenth?
For my tenth event, I’m selecting the reality of day-to-day life for the average American.
8.5 % of Americans are unemployed, 18.2% are underemployed.
11% of Americans think that economic conditions are good.
48% of Americans think that conditions are poor.
Economic confidence of Americans is at -34%.
32% of Americans think that economic conditions are getting better.
62% of Americans believe things are getting worse.
During his historic 1980 presidential campaign against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan asked the question, “Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?”
With this administration, one could ask the question, “Are you better off now, on the 31st of December, than you were on the 1st of January?” and expect a negative response.
Hopefully, 2012 will turn out to be a much better year on our pocketbooks…including a November Bonus.
Happy New Year!