By the lunar calendar we are entering the year of the tiger, said to connote bravery, always a good thing. But by the
calendar governing most western news events, it must be said we are
leaving behind the year of the sign. The lunatic teabaggers,
wing-nutters and malcontents who somehow managed to equate health
reform or, for that matter, any other reform with, simultaneously,
Maoism, Marxism, Fascism, Communism, Dachau and the end of the
uninsured world as we know it were dismaying in their anger and
ignorance. Still, those signs! We may never see their like again – hopefully.