DANIELS: I won’t just shut up and sing – Washington Times

 

DANIELS: I won’t just shut up and sing – Washington Times.

America still a land of free speech

By Charlie Daniels

Because I’m part of the Nashville music community, my mostly conservative views do not make me the anomaly or oddity I would be in the more urbane entertainment capitals. As many of my compatriots expound the value system of God, family, country and work just as I do, and as I tend to spend my off time among a mostly blue-collar crowd, I have very few face-to-face confrontations.

Most of my more vocal critics tend to hide behind Twitter avatars and email names, and most of them make ridiculous assumptions, such as if you oppose Obamacare, you want to sit back and watch all the poor people in the nation die, or if you want to see sanity at the border, you hate all Hispanics.

A while back, there was a lady who just couldn’t understand why I don’t think it is my obligation to pay for her contraception, as if it were an American woman’s right to assign her responsibility for getting pregnant to somebody who didn’t even participate. In my book, if you’re going to play, it’s your place to pay, and if she wants to stand at the door of a men’s room at a service station and hand out coins for the boys to use in the condom machines, that’s her business. I’m just not going to give her any quarters.

Sometimes I’ll receive valid, courteous questions about why I feel the way I do about certain issues. I respond in kind, and there is potential for constructive conversation. There are always two sides to every story, and nobody is wrong all the time, with the possible exception of a few people on Capitol Hill.

Of course, I ignore the “I hope you drop dead with an incurable virus” kind of comments because responding only fans the flames, and you may as well try to reason with a cement mixer.

Some people really seem to think they’re insulting me when they call me a redneck, but I don’t think those people even know what an honest-to-goodness redneck is. You see, a redneck is not somebody riding around in a pickup truck shooting at road signs with a handgun and throwing empty beer bottles on the side of the road. Where I come from, a redneck is just a hardworking man who gets up before the sun does and spends the day working outside, getting the back of his neck rosy in the process. I happen to think those folks are the salt of the earth, and I’m honored to be considered one.

I’d say one of the most appalling things about America today is the lack of original and informed opinion, as some of the most vocal of the amateur pundits quote verbatim something they’ve heard or read. When they’re asked to explain, their position fades away into cyberspace, and they’re unable to put up even a cursory defense of something they’ve stated vehemently just a few moments before.

I am not a man of letters and have no claim or ties to academia, no degrees and actually feel extremely blessed to have made it through high school. But my opinions are all my own, based on 75 years of experience and what I call cowboy logic, which is 2 plus 2 is always 4, water never runs uphill, and if there’s smoke, there’s a fire somewhere.

I personally believe that man-made global warming is an international scam; I happen to think the United Nations is an anti-American, corrupt and toothless debating society that has violated its charter and its very name, for that matter; and I’m firmly convinced that the Southeastern Conference is the greatest football organization ever instituted by mankind.

So you probably can see where I have a few detractors.

With all her wrinkles and warts, the United States of America is still the most exciting place in the world. Waking up in a nation where every day a cure for cancer, a workable biofuel or a mind-numbing discovery at the bottom of the sea could be announced is unparalleled. We live in a place where a new technology or computer chip could propel the economy into hyperspace all over again, and that can’t happen just anywhere.

This is a place where diversity makes us colorful but unity makes us strong, and when we reason together, it becomes stronger still.

Let your voice be heard. I know I’m going to.

Charlie Daniels is a country music legend and author of “Ain’t No Rag” (Regnery, 2003) and “Growing Up Country” (Flying Dolphin Press/Broadway Books, 2007).

 

Jaczko the Jerk: Harry Reid’s Sexist Crony Gets the Boot – Michelle Malkin – Townhall Conservative Columnists

Jaczko the Jerk: Harry Reid’s Sexist Crony Gets the Boot – Michelle Malkin – Townhall Conservative Columnists.

Jaczko the Jerk: Harry Reid's Sexist Crony Gets the Boot - Michelle Malkin - Townhall Conservative ColumnistsThe embattled chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission resigned this week. It’s a victory for Republican oversight on Capitol Hill, women and sound science. But it’s also a lesson in the futility of Bush-era bipartisanship. When you cut deals with bullies, it’s a timeless and bitter recipe for more bullying.

Gregory Jaczko served as appropriations director and science policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., before joining the NRC in 2005. The anti-nuclear advocate was sworn in by his brass-knuckled boss and protector, Reid, who pressured the Bush administration to appoint him as a condition for moving through any other NRC nominations.

The GOP rolled. Reid and Jaczko rampaged. And President Obama — doing the thing he does best — made matters abysmally worse.

Reid connived to install Jaczko at the NRC to carry on their shared crusade against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility in Nye County, Nev. Despite assurances that he would recuse himself, Jaczko proceeded to meddle aggressively in the issue. After the Obama administration named Jaczko chairman of the safety panel in 2009, all hell broke loose — and then some.

Out of fear that researchers would confirm positive safety data, Jaczko ordered NRC staff to halt a technical evaluation of Yucca Mountain. Then he used the lack of data to order a complete work stoppage on the long-obstructed project. Last summer, the NRC inspector general determined that Jaczko “strategically withheld” information from the rest of the panel, manipulated agendas and “was not forthcoming about his intent” to shut down Yucca by any means necessary.

He kept the panel in the dark on other matters, too. After the Fukushima meltdown in Japan, Jaczko ordered his staff to hoard safety findings and keep them from other commissioners while he made unilateral policy decisions against their will.

In the course of his investigation, the NRC inspector general heard from numerous commission staffers about Jaczko’s “unprofessional behavior” and outburst of anger that created an “intimidating workplace environment.” The report said Jaczko told investigators he “regretted” his temper tantrums.

Last fall, the entire commission sent an extraordinary letter to the White House expressing “grave concerns” about Jaczko the Jerk’s continued boorishness. “We believe that his actions and behavior are causing serious damage to this institution and are creating a chilled work environment at the NRC,” wrote NRC commissioners Kristine L. Svinicki (Republican), George Apostolakis (Democrat), William D. Magwood IV (Democrat) and William C. Ostendorff (Republican). Commission staff detailed how Jaczko’s “shaking angry” rage-fests caused at least one woman to cry and prompted Svinicki to have a staffer accompany her whenever she was in Jaczko’s presence.

As if being a data doctor, control freak and chauvinist pig weren’t enough, Jaczko added liar to his resume. Two weeks ago, Jaczko testified before Congress that he was unaware of any incidents in which he was accused of intimidating NRC staff. But internal GOP sources at NRC told Capitol Hill oversight staff that Jaczko personally had apologized to three female employees.

Where were all the Democratic femme-a-gogues who have spent the entire year braying about the GOP War on Women? Defending Reid’s sexist crony, of course. Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer blamed the nuclear industry and complained of a “witch hunt.”

Let there be no doubt: If Jaczko had been a Republican, Sen. Boxer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sandra Fluke and Gloria Allred would be hosting anti-bullying conferences and workplace safety summit tours with his victims from now until November.

This is now the second high-profile resignation of an Obama green thug. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Al Armendariz, the combative enviro-crat who vowed to “crucify” businesses that challenged the administration’s regulatory tyranny, stepped down last month. GOP watchdogs have done their jobs on Capitol Hill. But it’s up to voters at the ballot box to get to the root of the problem — and kick the head goon-in-chief to the curb.

Sanity! It exists on Capitol Hill (albeit in small amounts) – Tea Party Nation

Sanity! It exists on Capitol Hill (albeit in small amounts) – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Bill Clinton wanted to shrink the military but he had a problem.  There were a lot of military bases and closing some of them would save a lot of money Clinton could blow on wasteful projects that would reward key Democrat donors and constituents.

 Clinton could not close the military bases out right because the Congressmen and Senators in the states worked very hard to protect their turf. 

 So the answer became BRAC.  The Base Realignment and Closure Commission.  It was a simple idea.  The “experts” would review all the bases and recommend those for either closure or realignment.  Once their report was prepared, it was submitted to Congress for either an up or down vote.  No amendments, which meant no powerful members of Congress could act to protect bases.

 I have lamented why we did not do this with the rest of the Government. 

 Guess what?

 Under the heading of great minds think alike, Louisiana Congressman John Fleming came up with the same idea. 

 He introduced a bill last year called H.R. 2680.  It is called the Federal Realignment and Closure Committee (FRACC). 

 The idea is just like the BRAC.  The experts will go through the Federal Government and look for programs that do not work, are duplicative, have failed or are so riddled with abuse as to not be useful. 

 Those programs would be selected and there would be the same kind of up and down vote.

 This is a great idea, right?

 It is such a great idea that Govtrack.us gives this bill a 2% chance of becoming law.  

 The Indianapolis Colts have a better chance of winning the Superbowl without Peyton Manning than this bill does of becoming law.

 The fact that this bill is languishing in the dark abyss of Congress, stuck in a committee where it will most likely die.

 This brings up the obvious question.  If we in the Tea Party brought the GOP into the majority to cut spending, and this is a great tool to get rid of wasteful spending, when the hell is the GOP going to get serious about cutting spending?

 The answer is as long John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender flies above the Speaker’s chair, it is not going to happen.

 This is a good bill for Tea Party groups to get behind. 

 On Monday, let’s start calling Congressmen and Senators and tell them to enact this bill.  We need to do something to start shrinking the government and this is as good a way to start cutting it as any.

 Take a moment to forward this blog to the people on your email list.   Let’s tell Congress to start doing something now, before our nation starts looking like Greece. 

How the Left Thinks Gun Control Actually Works – Daniel J. Mitchell – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary

How the Left Thinks Gun Control Actually Works – Daniel J. Mitchell – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary.

While there are some statists who viscerally despise freedom and want ordinary citizens disarmed so that only the government has guns, most supporters of gun control presumably are motivated by a sincere desire to reduce crime and violence.

Their problem is a naive assumption that bad people will obey laws banning gun ownership and possession. Or a flawed assumption that the police can be everywhere.

And this is why this video is not only funny, but also a glimpse into the leftist mindset.

It was included in a comment on this post featuring a very funny cartoon,

but it definitely deserves more attention.

And if you like videos upholding the right to keep and bear arms, check out this heartwarming Christmas story.

Last but not least, this poster (click to enlarge) is quite effective.

Indeed, this post about the Fort Hood murders, featuring the superb analysis of John Lott, is must reading on the foolishness of so-called gun free zones.

 

Should States Be Allowed to Tax Outside their Borders, Particularly if It Means a Database of Your Online Purchases?

Tax competition, as I have explained to the point of being a nuisance, is an important restraint on the greed of the political class. Simply stated, politicians are less like to over-tax and over-spend if they know that geese with the golden eggs can fly across the border.

This is mostly an issue in the world of international tax policy, but the same principles apply for sub-national governments inside a nation.

State and local governments should compete with each by offering the best fiscal climate. Sadly, just as high-tax nations such as France and Germany are trying to hinder global tax competition, high-tax state governments are seeking to undermine fiscal rivalry inside the United States.

More specifically, they want to create a state sales tax cartel that would allow governments to force out-of-state businesses serve as deputy tax collectors. Greedy politicians are fearful that online shopping deprives them of revenue, so they are pushing for a privacy-threatening database that will enable them to track and tax these transactions.

I explained this issue last week for a standing-room-only audience on Capitol Hill.

The entire discussion is posted online, including the very astute observations of my former Heritage Foundation colleague, Adam Thierer, now at the Mercatus Center.

Investor’s Business Daily also has opined on why this is a bad idea, but if you want to get really worried, the clowns at the United Nations want to power to tax and regulate the Internet.

 

 

Sebelius: Obamacare Not the Cause of Drop in Employer-Sponsored Health Care | The Weekly Standard

Sebelius: Obamacare Not the Cause of Drop in Employer-Sponsored Health Care | The Weekly Standard.

As Bloomberg reported in September of last year, “Sixty percent of employers said they offered medical benefits this year, a decrease from 69 percent in 2010.” Yet today, in testimony on Capitol HillHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Obamacare is not the reason there’s been a drop in employer-sponsored health care coverage:

This was the question asked by Illinois congressman Peter Roskam: “How about when the president said you can keep your health care coverage if you like it? And yet, the reality is, according to Bloomberg at least, 9 percent fewer businesses are offering medical coverage than in 2010. There the rhetoric didn’t meet the reality, did it?”

Sebelius responded, “Well again, Congressman, what you’re seeing – It wouldn’t have mattered if we had passed the Affordable Care Act or not. The private market is in a death spiral.”

Sebelius’s testimony directly contradicts a McKinsey study released last year. “At least 30 percent of employers are likely to stop offering health insurance once provisions of the U.S. health care reform law kick in in 2014, according to a study by consultant McKinsey,” Reuters reported. “McKinsey, which based its projection on a survey of more than 1,300 employers of various sizes and industries and other proprietary research, found that 30 percent of employers will ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ stop offering coverage in the years after 2014, when new medical insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running.”

The Land of Obama Make-Believe – Michelle Malkin – Townhall Conservative

The Land of Obama Make-Believe – Michelle Malkin – Townhall Conservative.

Where did President Obama go after killing off thousands of Keystone XL pipeline construction and manufacturing jobs? Why, Disney World, of course. Sabotaging work is hard work for Goofy and his pals.

_And where’d he head after that? Why, up to Manhattan for more high-priced campaign fundraisers charging up to $38,500 per partier. The business of wining and dining politically connected donors ain’t child’s play, you know.

Obama touted a White House foreign tourism initiative on Thursday with Cinderella’s castle as his backdrop. “America is open for business,” he proclaimed chirpily to the rest of the globe.

Tell that to the Keystone managers in Canada whom Obama and his State Department rebuffed — after years of planning and review — in order to appease militant environmentalists and Hollywood celebs. The Animatronic Divider robotically lambasted Republicans for pushing him to make a decision this week. But Senate and House Democrats issued the sharpest rebukes to White House obstructionism:

President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the American economy, American workers, and America’s energy independence,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said.

“The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline permit is a missed opportunity to drastically turn this economy around. This pipeline would have created thousands of new jobs and helped to ensure our energy independence,” Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., lamented.

“This delay is just playing politics with American jobs and American energy security,” Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, pointed out.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle scratched their heads as the job-snuffer-in-chief bolted to Orlando’s fantasyland to promote economic growth. But there’s no more fitting place on Earth for the man whose escapist administration occupies the land of make-believe and no consequences. (Bonus moment: Obama got to shake hands with Mickey Mouse, who infamously turned up on a Florida ACORN voter registration form in 2008. Constituent outreach at its most surreal.)

On the very same day he quashed Keystone, Obama released his first campaign ad of 2012 — hyping his stellar record on energy jobs. It’s Opposite Day at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 365 days a year. Even more comically, the ad touted his exemplary ethics record by quoting a moldy three-year-old endorsement from left-leaning Politifact. And as bipartisan Capitol Hill outrage over the half-billion-dollar Solyndra solar stimulus bust mounts, Obama had the nerve to sprinkle his inaugural campaign spot with — wait for it — solar panels.

Instead of supporting new infrastructure jobs in America through an energy independence-enhancing project that has bipartisan legislative support on Capitol Hill, the president flew to Disney World to peddle looser visa restrictions in China and Brazil by executive order. He also will expand the Visa Waiver Program (a security loophole-ridden program that was suspended temporarily after the 9/11 terrorist attacks) to speed foreign travel.

In case anyone needs reminding, it was the relentless drive of the tourism industry and kowtowing State Department bureaucrats that led to the Bush-era Visa Express Program, which relaxed visa policies, eliminated in-person consulate interviews and opened the door to the 9/11 hijackers. Brazil is just the latest base for al-Qaida and other Islamic jihadi groups. It does not consider Hezbollah or Hamas terrorist groups, and it disbanded its anti-terrorism force in 2009.

The Visa Waiver Program and other efforts to expedite the tourist visa process also pose continuing security risks because — as the Government Accountability Office itself admitted last year — there is still no comprehensive, systematic way to track the 70 million-plus foreign visitors who enter the country on tourist and other short-term visas. Indeed, half of the nation’s estimated 20 million illegal aliens are visa overstayers.

How many of the new Disney foreign tourists whom Obama is touting as America’s economic salvation will fail to return to their home countries after their Obama World visas expire? We’ll likely never know. And Team Obama doesn’t care.

In his opening campaign ad salvo, Obama accuses his opponents of being “untethered to facts.” But this is an administration that believes lowering visa standards and risking homeland security to pump up Disney foreign tourism is a better path to economic recovery than supporting direct American job creation and enhancing energy security. Like the Disney characters he posed with this week, our cartoonish president is wholly untethered to reality.

The TSA is now officially jackbooted thugs. – Tea Party Nation

The TSA is now officially jackbooted thugs. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on December 27, 2011 at 8:39am in Tea Party Nation Forum

When you really need to make air travel inconvenient, you need the clowns at TSA.  When you need to ignore real threats, like young men from Muslim countries in favor of strip-searching 90-year-old women, you need the TSA.

 But now, the TSA has gone from being the butt of jokes and the source of inconvenience to an organization of jackbooted thugs.

 What has happened?

 No, it is not the Viper Teams they are sending out to expand their reach and make America look ever more like a police state. 

 Over the holidays, the TSA decided to make a point and it destroyed luggage belonging to Todd Starnes of Fox News.  Todd is an anchor on Fox News radio and a blogger.  He is one of their best talents.

 Todd posted photos and tweets about what happened on his twitter feed (@toddstarnes). 

 To make the story as short as possible, Todd was traveling with his luggage, which had a Fox News logo on it.   The TSA ripped the logo off of his luggage, then sliced his luggage open, sealing it with tape that said, “Inspected. Transportation Security Administration.”

 Gee, I wonder how many bombs slipped through security while the TSA goons were vandalizing Todd’s luggage?

 Why did the TSA goon vandalize Todd’s luggage?  Well, the obvious answer is because he does not like Fox News.  The less obvious answer is because he thought he could. 

 The TSA thug thought he could send a message and his union and his employer would make certain he was protected.

 Last night, Todd said, “TSA says it could take up to 6 months to investigate my bag they destroyed.”

 Todd, let me give you some free legal advice.  This was not a bureaucratic screw up.  This was not a case of bad service or even an accident.  You were the victim of a crime.  At the very least you were the victim of a violation of your civil rights.  There was also vandalism to your personal property.

 Forget the TSA; file a criminal complaint with the FBI.  I would also file a criminal complaint with the local authorities where your bag was inspected. 

 The news reports do not say where he flew out of and where the bag would have been inspected.  In Tennessee, where I am licensed to practice law and where I spent 10 years as a prosecuting attorney, that vandalism would almost certainly be a felony.   There are a couple of other felony charges that would be applicable too. 

 Even if Todd does not file criminal charges, the FBI and federal authorities should look into this as a criminal matter.  I would hope they would but given the corrupt nature of the Obama regime, I doubt it.

 One other thing that should happen is that our Congressmen and Senators should pull themselves away from having clueless celebrities come to Capitol Hill for hearings and instead schedule a hearing on what happened to Todd Starnes’ luggage and other TSA abuses. 

 In the meantime, we all need to very concerned about what is happening in this country.  The TSA becomes more aggressive in attacking Americans, and yet does little to advance the goal for which it was created, namely making travel safe.

 Republican candidates have named the agencies they would like to see dismantled if they become President.  The TSA should rise to the top of that list.

A herd of angry RINOs. – Tea Party Nation

John Boehner tells American Unemployed its You...A herd of angry RINOs. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on November 30, 2011 at 7:58am in Tea Party Nation Forum

The RINOs are stirring on Capitol Hill and they are angry.   The angry RINOs are the big spenders who are in positions of authority. 

What are they angry about?

They are angry that many of the Republican rank and file and even a few in the Republican leadership broke ranks recently on a spending bill and voted against it. 

Before Thanksgiving, the House passed a small appropriations bill.  In Washington-speak, it was called a “mini-bus.”   The full appropriations bill is called an “omnibus-spending bill.” 

The bill passed but 101 Republicans broke with the leadership and voted against the bill.  It passed with massive support from the Democrats.

Now, House appropriators, in other words, the one’s responsible for spending decisions on Capitol Hill are worried and now want John Boehner to crack the whip and get Republicans in line to support these spending bills.

When the “mini-bus” came up for a vote, 101 Republicans, including Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Policy Chairman Tom Price voted against it.

RINO big spender Hal Rogers of Kentucky is throwing a hissy fit worthy of Barney Frank.   He and other Republican appropriators are complaining that they are not getting the support they need from Republicans as they try to spend the country into bankruptcy.  They have gone to John Boehner and demanded that Boehner pressure the GOP 101 who had the good sense to vote against out of control spending, to now support a spending bill that is worthy of Nancy Pelosi.

Well good for the GOP 101!

Some of the folks we sent to Washington actually have a clue.

The problem is the spending.  A year ago, as the Republicans swept into power, no one wanted to be one of the appropriators.   No one wanted to be associated with the problem that we identified and sent new people to Washington to address.  

My how things change in only a few months. 

Once John Boehner was convinced he had enough of the new GOP Freshmen in his pocket to guarantee his job, it has been back to business as usual.   

Under John Boehner, the only difference between the Republicans and the Democrats is the Republicans want to spend only a little less than the Democrats. 

Is that why we the people put the Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives?

The good news here is there appears to be a fracture in the GOP in the House of Representatives and that is something we can exploit.

Every Tea Party supporter and every Tea Party group should reach out immediately to their individual Congressman and to all of the Representatives in your area.  The message is simple.  Cut spending. 

While many of the Congressmen will be concerned about what the leadership will do to them, they are more concerned about the voters.  If the voters turn against them, they will not have to worry about the leadership because they won’t be in Congress anymore.

The Omnibus-spending bill is going to be voted on sometime in December.   The bill is going to be loaded with pork barrel projects and massive, wasteful spending.   Not only will it not address our spending problem, it will make it worse. 

We need to be all over our Congressmen and ask them to vote against the bill.  With the support of Democrats, the bill will probably pass.  Stopping the bill is probably not possible, but is certainly worth trying for.

Reforming the GOP so that next year and the year after, they stop the insane spending is the goal.

CURL: Is Obama a pathological liar? – Washington Times

THE OBVIOUS TRUTH

Image by SS&SS via Flickr

CURL: Is Obama a pathological liar? – Washington Times.

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Mendacity is a system that we live in.”

- Brick, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

In the weird world that is Washington, men and women say things daily, hourly, even minutely, that they know deep down are simply not true. Inside the Beltway, we all call those utterances “rhetoric.”

But across the rest of the country, plain ol’ folk call ‘em lies. Bald-faced (even bold-faced) lies. Those folks have a tried-and-true way of determining a lie: If you know what you’re saying is patently false, then it’s a lie. Simple.

And lately, the president has been lying so much that his pants could burst into flames at any moment.

His late-evening news conference Friday was a tour de force of flat-out, unadulterated mendacity — and we’ve gotten a first-hand insider’s view of the president’s long list of lies.

“I wanted to give you an update on the current situation around the debt ceiling,” Mr. Obama said at 6:06 p.m. OK, that wasn’t a lie — but just about everything he said after it was, and he knows it.

“I just got a call about a half-hour ago from Speaker [John A.] Boehner, who indicated that he was going to be walking away from the negotiations,” he said.

Not so: “The White House made offers during the negotiations,” said our insider, a person intimately involved in the negotiations, “and then backtracked on those offers after they got heat from Democrats on Capitol Hill. The White House, and its steadfast refusal to follow through on its rhetoric in terms of cutting spending and addressing entitlements, is the real reason that debt talks broke down.”

Mr. Boehner was more blunt in his own news conference: “The discussions we’ve had with the White House have broken down for two reasons. First, they insisted on raising taxes. … Secondly, they refused to get serious about cutting spending and making the tough choices that are facing our country on entitlement reform.”

But back to the lying liar and the lies he told Friday. “You had a bipartisan group of senators, including Republicans who are in leadership in the Senate, calling for what effectively was about $2 trillion above the Republican baseline that theyve been working off of. What we said was give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues,” Mr. Obama said.

That, too, was a lie. “The White House had already agreed to a lower revenue number — to be generated through economic growth and a more efficient tax code — and then it tried to change the terms of the deal after taking heat from Democrats on Capitol Hill,” our insider said.

The negotiations just before breakdown called for $800 billion in new “revenues” (henceforth, we’ll call those “taxes”), but after the supposedly bipartisan plan came out — and bowing to the powerful liberal bloc on Capitol Hill — Mr. Obama demanded another $400 billion in new taxes: a 50 percent increase.

Mr. Boehner was blunt: “The White House moved the goalpost. There was an agreement, some additional revenues, until yesterday, when the president demanded $400 billion more, which was going to be nothing more than a tax increase on the American people.”

But Mr. Obama, with a straight face, continued. “We then offered an additional $650 billion in cuts to entitlement programs — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.”

The truth: “Actually, the White House was walking back its commitments on entitlement reforms, too. They kept saying they wanted to ‘go big.’ But their actions never matched their rhetoric,” the insider said.

Now, Mr. Boehner and the real leaders in Congress have taken back the process. He’ll write the bill and pass it along to the president, with this directive, which he reportedly said to Mr. Obama’s face in a short White House meeting Saturday: “Congress writes the laws and you get to decide what you want to sign.”

Watching the one-third-of-a-term-senator-turned-president negotiate brings to mind a child spinning yarns about just how the living room lamp got broken. Now, though, the grown-ups are in charge; the kids have been put to bed. Ten days ago, the president warned the speaker: “Dont call my bluff.”

Well, Mr. Boehner has. He’s holding all the cards — and he’s not bluffing.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jcurl@washingtontimes.com.

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