As I was saying …

To the new year

In 2013, we experienced the shutdown of the federal government, reopening of the federal government and possibility of the government defaulting on its debts (twice).

We learned the government, composed of human beings after all, is prone to errors. And big government, composed of millions of human beings, is prone to catastrophic errors. The case in point, of course, is the Affordable Care Act, and in 2014, we enter a new age of uncertainty led by doubts about its final disposition.

In 2013, teams from Baltimore, Boston, Chicago and Miami captured the major U.S. sports championships. And who says major markets don't have an advantage?

It was a year when cyclist Lance Armstrong acknowledged: "I'm a flawed character." And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said: "I'm basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen." The healthy fat guy had a good year; the healthier guy, not so much.