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Rick Moran


December 28, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Nearly 70% of Americans believe that 2013 was a “bad” or “very bad” year according to a new poll by Economist/YouGov. How bad was it?

Apparently, it wasn’t as bad as last year. Nor was it as bad as 2008, the year of the financial meltdown.

Still, the numbers tell the story:

Overshadowed by the bungled debut of Obamacare and congressional gridlock, most Americans in a new poll dubbed 2013 a bad year that will be quickly forgotten. For more than four-in-10, the perils of 2013 hit home hard.

“Put simply, most Americans are happy to see 2013 go,” said the latest Economist/YouGov Poll.

— 54 percent called 2013 a “bad year” for the world. Another 15 percent called it a “very bad year,” with just 3 percent calling it a “very good year” and 29 percent a “good year.”

— Only 13 percent of Republicans say 2013 has been a good year for the world.

— Obamacare is a failure. “There are almost no issues where a majority of Americans have seen improvement. Only a quarter say health care coverage is better today than it was a year ago; more than half say it has gotten worse, reflecting the continued poor assessments given to the Administration’s health care reform (in this week’s Economist/YouGov poll, for example, a majority continues to call it a failure, and nearly half think it should be repealed).”

— 41 percent called 2013 a bad or very bad year for their families.

Since I’m pushing 60, I can testify that 2013 doesn’t come close to being a really bad year compared to some others. Any year from the 1970′s beats 2013 hands down for awfulness, except perhaps 1976, which briefly lifted the gloom of the decade as we celebrated America’s 200th birthday.

It didn’t last long. That fall, we elected Jimmy Carter.

The absolute worst year of my lifetime was 1968, and its hard to find someone older than 10 that year who would disagree. Assassinations, riots, and a general feeling that everything was coming apart made that year a hellish one indeed. Coming in a distant second was 1979 with 13% inflation and another energy crisis. For me, it was The Year of Peanut Butter Sandwiches. I couldn’t afford more than 5 gallons of gas at a time, which was lucky because that’s the amount that gas station owners were allowing you to buy. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan and the Iranians took our diplomats hostage. And sitting in the White House was a president who blamed the American people for his incompetence.

In contrast to those two annus horribilis, 2013 was a walk in the park. I suppose your personal financial situation has a lot to do with your outlook on how good a bad a particular year might be. At the moment, things aren’t too bad for me, which doesn’t mean I don’t worry that this time next year I’ll be in a bad way.

We better get used to the uncertainty. We’re living in Obama’s economy now and uncertainty about the future is its defining characteristic.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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One good thing about 2013: they didn't add a leap second, so it isn't any longer.
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I can't say that 2013 has been the worst in my lifetime--I was alive in 1968 and, short of Armageddon, don't expect to see that surpassed--but it in a top contender. It has just been consistently depressing, beginning with the 2012 election and grinding on through a year of stupidity, cowardice and malice. Alas, I fear that, by 2014's end, we may look back on this as a comparative Golden Age.

My father always said that my generation had always had it too easy, and that we would benefit from living through a Great Depression and a World War. With three more years of the current administration, Dad's wish may just come through. God help us all.
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I would agree with the poll. I want to see 2013 go away; however, ever since my daughter died in 2009, I've wanted to see every year go away. Notwithstanding, I have renewed hope for a new year. Most things in life are not "the end of the world," until you lose a child. That pain cannot be compared to financial pains or most others. All of us groan under the particular pain of this godless administration. This is a call for endurance and courage for all of us. America is changing just like she did in previous decades from horrible administrations and their deeds. But she endured to become strong and vital. America will be strong again, albeit different.
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Sorry for your loss. You are right in that nothing can compare to losing a child, but your hope for the future and call for perseverance despite the obstacles encourages me. Thank you for putting things in perspective.
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