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Publisher’s ink: President Houdini inspires 2014 predictions

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From page A4 | January 08, 2014 | 8 Comments

Another year has passed, as if acclaimed magician Harry Houdini waved his wand across the calendar while reciting a few mystical words and the past 12 months just went …“poof!”

Houdini, “The Handcuff King,” master illusionist and grand entertainer, thrilled his audiences with feats of magic.

Obviously this talent isn’t a lost art. Our present day master illusionist, Barack Obama, also has the uncanny ability to fool his audience with sleight of hand and diversion. With a wave of his scepter (more powerful than your average wand), Obama pulled off the granddaddy of all illusions by making healthcare insurance and doctors disappear right before the eyes (or should we say lives?) of five million Americans.

With his stage assistant Nancy Pelosi by his side the American public is finally seeing what was written into the law and hearing what many are finally realizing: “Now you see it … and … now you don’t.”

If you thought 2013 was a rollercoaster ride, wait until you see what this year has in store. Following the performance of President Houdini, I decided to place some blank slips of paper into a hat, recite my own gibberish and click my heels three times for this year’s predictions:

Millions more lose healthcare coverage

As if five million people dropped from private insurance coverage wasn’t enough. When the employer mandate kicks in this year people will be astounded by the number of people losing coverage. Small businesses everywhere will simply pay the fine than provide coverage for employees.

Hillary throws her pantsuit jacket into the race for president

Come on. Is there not one person out there that believes Hillary Clinton isn’t going to make a run for her old office? She and Bill left some of the silverware behind while their staff was busy pulling “W”s off White House computer keyboards.

Republicans regain control of both houses

Midterm elections will go the Republican way. Obamacare and not the government shutdown will be the key factor. And now with a two-year budget passed by both political parties, the campaign trail is wide open for incumbents. The race to watch will be that of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). She’s backpedaling away from her support of Obamacare so quickly Obama can’t issue executive orders fast enough to save her seat.

Placerville round-a-bout heads straight ahead

Change is difficult for some folks and nearly impossible for others. Replacing the old Clay Street Bridge and re-aligning Clay Street with Cedar Ravine to improve traffic flow will advance. Those opposing the round-a-bout as a solution might want to invest in another saddle blanket for their primary mode of transportation.

Dennis Rodman named ambassador

Okay so we don’t have an embassy in North Korea. This shouldn’t keep us from having a dialogue with “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-un. Perhaps Rodman could explain the difference between a blocked shot to the rim in basketball lingo to that of an executioner’s shot to the head.

Vladimir Putin receives Nobel Peace Prize

After diffusing the Syrian chemical use problem and taking Obama’s red crayon out of his hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin deserves the big peace trophy. Of course true peace in Syria won’t be realized until another 100,000 dead bodies litter the streets. By that time there won’t be anyone left in the country.

Iran joins the nuclear family of nations

Welcome to the club. Iran is right on schedule to complete its development of nuclear weapons technology. Will any local peaceniks with extra “Give Peace a Chance” bumper stickers laying around please mail them to the Iranian ministry? We’ll all breathe easy knowing this friendly Middle Eastern country has nukes.

Perhaps Secretary of State Kerry can convince President Houdini to perform another one of his acts of illusions and make this threat disappear. Better yet, maybe he could make Houdini himself disappear. I predict that will happen three years from now.

Richard Esposito is publisher of the Mountain Democrat.

Richard Esposito

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Discussion | 8 comments

  • 1036-FrankJanuary 07, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    Who-Dini is great at this act, he made nearly a 100 million disappear from the workforce, he hid the unemployed with payments for two years while shifting them to welfare programs, he has disappeared on vacation and more golfing trips then any other in office in history and now he is having health insurance disappear for millions and hundreds of thousands of full time jobs will soon join the disappearance to avoid the insurance requirement. He further made welfare to work requirements disappear and the Border Security Act of 06 disappear with billions to cronies disappearing as well. And liberal media is trying not to cover the blatant lies told to the people and make them disappear before the elections of 2014.

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  • Oh BrotherJanuary 07, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    1036 Frank - you are so full of it when it comes to the welfare to work program...it is in place and working...what other fantasies and rumors do you spread?

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 08, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Someone getting unhinged? Now defending Bummer's welfare programs as some new ploy? Must be hard when fewer and fewer are fooled and the act of fooling people wears out. Careers of duping people never last long anyway and have little future. It must really be hard when the reversal of fortunes continue like a flood and the people are aware of it and the old act just doesn't play anymore. This really old faked "outrage" and faked "press releases" and "investigations" aren't believed anymore either. Creating things as facts is something that used to work for this certain gang of laughing stock, exposed, has-been operatives and their former associates which tend to be seen in court or jail and facing charges these days

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  • EvelynJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Dear Publisher Esposito: About your "round-a-bout" / saddle blankets choice, a refresher. Way back at the C.C. meeting on August 7, 2011 Mayor Machado stated: "What’s been the most amazing for me is hearing from well respected people in the community that I trust and respect and that almost to a person I’m finding that there is no traction and no support for the Roundabout." To which, Councilor Mattson added: "It’s interesting that you bring this up tonight because I, too, have had very similar discussions. I have spent the last couple of months talking with . . ." (but was cut off by the City Attorney before she could continue). During her year as Mayor, twice she has said that she will not vote for a roundabout if Placerville residents are in opposition. When the City finally gets around to holding their promised public workshop(s) to educate us and solicit our opinions, do come. We'd like to hear more from you about saddle blankets. Kindest regards, Evelyn

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  • kggJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:22 am

    richard writes: "Change is difficult for some folks and nearly impossible for others. Replacing the old Clay Street Bridge and re-aligning Clay Street with Cedar Ravine to improve traffic flow will advance. Those opposing the round-a-bout as a solution might want to invest in another saddle blanket for their primary mode of transportation." kgg asks: did it ever occur to you that by publishing this statement that you have insulted quite a few of your subscribers?

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  • correctionsJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Having erroneously reported that the publisher of a rival local newspaper had died, we were forced to write a retraction that read, “we regret that the notice of Mr. Davis’s death was in error…”

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  • CookieMonsterJanuary 08, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    i am happy to see this leftist rag The Mountain Demoncrat callin out the leftist muslim kenyan about his voodoo ways. it forgot to mention how he took us from a surplus to a 1.2 trillion dollar deficit or how he fought two wars on borrowed money from china or passed that drug benefit for those old moochers without paying for it or collapsed our economy. Wait, wait, my little dog just told me it was my hero George W. Bush that did all those things. As my roll model Emily Latilla used to say, "never mind". I am so bitter i can't even think clearly.

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  • rodJanuary 09, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    Richard, great letter! I think obamacare is Houdini's last self-administered restraint he cannot undo... gurgle ...gasp...

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