At the beginning of each New Year, I do a little prognosticating about what 2014 might hold in store for us at the local, state, and national level. Just for fun, I unearthed the column I wrote last year on Dec. 31 about what I thought the year just ended would hold in store. Frankly, I was a little surprised at how close I occasionally came to getting it right.
For example, I wrote a year ago, “There is a whole movement underway to redefine what this country is about and for what it stands. Oh, the basic principles will remain the same, and the greatest experiment in self-government will continue to evolve. How it’s going to evolve is a much touchier issue, however. The progressive movement in the United States has new life, and we’ve seen more division created among our people than ever before, rich vs. poor, the role of government in leveling he playing field for all, the divide over whether we need more or less government in our lives, and a host of other issues that divide rather than unify us as one people.” Boy, that was pretty much on the mark, if I do say so myself!
What we saw in 2013 was the impact of the reality of more government in our daily lives, like the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Here’s what Donald Trump had to say about the actual impact of Obamacare. “Let me get this straight… We’re going to be ‘gifted’ with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, who have recently demonstrated their objective and professional integrity; written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it…”