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September 21, 2013 - 11:48 am

Tell us something we don’t know, Barry:

President Barack Obama is once again warning House Republicans that he will not negotiate over a debt-ceiling increase, even as the U.S. government moves closer to its borrowing limit.

Obama called Speaker John Boehner Friday night to reiterate his hard-line stance. The Ohio Republican’s office said the president called to say “he wouldn’t negotiate with him on the debt limit.”

“Given the long history of using debt limit increases to achieve bipartisan deficit reduction and economic reforms, the speaker was disappointed but told the president that the two chambers of Congress will chart the path ahead,” a Boehner aide said in an email. “It was a brief call.”

A White House official said Obama spoke to both Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“The President telephoned Speaker Boehner and told him again that the full faith and credit of the United States should not and will not be subject to negotiation,” the official said in a statement provided to POLITICO. “The President reiterated that it is the constitutional responsibility of the US Congress to pass the nation’s budget and pay the nation’s bills.”

This is not a new position for Obama, or a new response from Boehner. The two men have negotiated in the past to raise the nation’s debt cap, but Obama now sees any more negotiations as unwise. The president’s position is that Congress should raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling without any accompanying budget changes or reforms — a so-called “clean” debt ceiling increase. Yet it’s unclear if such a hike could pass in the House or the Senate.

Pelosi’s office declined to comment on her discussion with the president, but after the call she sent out a letter to fellow Democrats asking them to give her maximum flexibility by keeping their “powder dry” as the debate over government funding and a debt-limit increase continues.

Making himself irrelevant is something the president does very well. Harry Reid would have done most of the heavy lifting anyway, so Obama’s non-participation is exposed as more theater from the master of useless gestures.

Besides, Reid will no doubt receive instructions on just how far he can bend before Obama whips out the veto pen. The Majority Leader does not want to tie any kind of sequester reform to the debt ceiling vote, but some Democrats may be of a mind to do so. It’s hard to see the GOP giving in on the sequester in any way, but what if entitlement reform was on the table? There are all sorts of possibilities that Reid, who’s the only Democrat who matters in this fight, might consider.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Not only does Reid do the "heavy lifting", didn't Reid and Pelosi basically toss Obama out of negotiations last time?
44 weeks ago
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Go play golf, Barry, and let the grownups get on with their business.
44 weeks ago
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I'mna guessing this jackwagon pretty much s@cked as a constitutional law lecturer. If a constitutional law lecturer s@cked at a ChiTown university, how would anyone know?
44 weeks ago
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Obama seems to forget that he was the one who broke his word on the ladt negotistion. His word has no value anyway.
44 weeks ago
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The correct answer to the communist SOB's threat is "F*ck You, Mr. President. You'll negotiate when you don't have any effin' money to run your government." You don't do this as a public debate; you go to his office or get him to come to yours, you close the door and you call the c*cks*cker every name you can think of; you make it so vile and insulting that the arrogant SOB would NEVER tell anybody you talked to him like that. Then, you adjourn the House, everybody goes to their district so they can bypass the communist media, and you wait until the SOB calls you wanting to negotiate. I've done it this way; it works.
44 weeks ago
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President Obama, this is United States of America where there are checks and balances, the Constitution guaranteeing the diverse roles. Perhaps you were subliminalily influenced by your teleprompter having the wrong speech- you said "Don't mess with me"- subliminally perhaps thinking the Caponian Chicago way. Yet you are ready to negotiate with Iran's Pres.Rohani who was in France with Ayatollah Khomeini, even admitting that he is your pen pal. Same with Russian PM Putin. Same with Afghanistan Taliban, Yet you refuse to negotiate over debt limit with elected Representatives of the people. Never in my lifetime have I heard a US President using threats against US Congress and refusing to negotiate over debt limits.
44 weeks ago
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Spoken like a spoiled, narcissistic middle schooler.
44 weeks ago
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"Well, Mr. President, since you called to tell me something you have already said to the world at large, and since you are offering nothing but your usual political posing, ans thus, are just wasting my valuable time, you'll understand when I hang up on you, now." (click)

Or:

"Well, Mr. Constitutional-Guest-Lecturer, since Congress controls the purse strings, I really do not give a damn whether or not you will negotiate. If both houses of Congress come to an agreement on the debt ceiling, and send it to you for your signature, you will sign it, whether you want to or not, because if you don't, the subsequent government shutdown and political fallout will be all on you, and you don't have the stones for it, so, STFU."
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