nicolejb
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The Times Person of the Year has been announced, and it's someone that has taken a lot of heat this year.

Nancy Gibbs, Time Editor wrote: for "steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply... For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply, Angela Merkel is 'Time's Person of the Year'."
Though many speculated Trump would be number one, he has rested at #3.

Here's the Full List from Time.com :

1. Angela Merkel - German chancellor since the 2005 election, leader of the CDU
2. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - head of the Islamic State militant group
3. Donald Trump - business magnate seeking Republican nomination as US presidential candidate
4. Black Lives Matter - activist group campaigning against violence towards black people, notably in the US
5. Hassan Rouhani - president of Iran since 2013
6. Travis Kalanick - US entrepreneur, founder of the Uber transportation network firm
7. Caitlyn Jenner - born Bruce Jenner, became 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, officially changed name and gender in 2015

Remember those on the list might not be the best people in the world, but they are influential.

They have shaped a lot of things around them, and causes a lot of change. For better or for worse

But Angela Merkel wins the big #1

Why? She has had to deal with a lot this year. Working with the U.N., handling financial burden of Greece, handling the refugee crisis. Many argue...

"But could've done things differently, and a lot better."

Yes, she definitely could've.
But politics are hard. She had to handle things as they come. I have mad respect for this lady, not only for her politics but for being able to push the system she is a part of, to consistently move forward and WORK. And as she puts it...

"To make sure the decision doesn't take too long."

Something that the U.S. is struggling with right now, and Congress continually waits and wait to pass and to ACT.

What do you think of this years Time Person of the Year, and the rest on the list?

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@buddyesd I'm sorry to hear that. Right now I'm going through the same process with my husband. His asylum got denied before, so now we are trying other options.
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Angela Merkel is a really great choice, and I think that it's great that a female world leader is getting the respect she deserves. Other than Thatcher and Helen Clarke in New Zealand there have been few female world leaders given the respect they deserve. Julia Gillard in Australia was treated horrendously and given pretty much no respect.
@CelinaGonzalez @buddyesd @nicolejb that's incredibly frustrating. Immigrants, documented and undocumented, are actually paying a LOT in taxes every year. Big corporations are allowed to tax dodge and given huge breaks, but people working here and actually paying taxed aren't allowed their full rights as citizens
Thank you for sharing your experience @buddyesd. My brother's finance is from Hong Kong, and the process of paperwork they had to do just so she could come back for a wedding almost took a full year. It's a hard thing to do and SO frustrating, because they just wanted to get married. They are married now and applying for another spouse visa for her. It's crazy to me how much it takes to become a full U.S. citizen. I actually watched a documentary about people seeking asylum in the U.S. and it's actually awful and painful for what they have to go through. I hope things get better @CelinaGonzalez though I can't imagine what that's like.
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@CelinaGonzalez Good luck!!
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