A year that began with a bold Inauguration following a clear re-election and talk of mandate was mired in revelations of government spying, a stalled Washington agenda and a faulty website.
A year that started with the GOP vowing to reform and rebrand after defeat saw them kill gun control & immigration laws, shut down the government and lose popularity.
A year unfolding in the wake of Sandy & Newtown brought further disasters and more massacres, Syria distractions, serial distortions & silly diversions where stalemates were success & progress a pipe dream.
Congress moved as slow as Healthcare.gov, instead of fiscal cliffs, we crashed into fiscal walls, the NSA revelations made Big Government a reality and legislators acted like obstructionism was a good thing.
Overall, it was a year of slowdowns and showdowns, of Snowden, and feeling snowed in by a blizzard of hypocrisy and self-interest.
That said, we also avoided an unnecessary war, expanded affordable healthcare and saw the spread of marriage equality. So there's something to toast in the year gone by.
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