A toll booth at every exit? Obama lifts Interstate Highway toll restrictions

Because we don’t pay enough in highway taxes as it is.

Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls?

If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way.

In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.

Tucked into the GROW AMERICA Act, the White House’s $302 billion transportation bill, is a toll provision that calls for eliminating “the prohibition on tolling existing free Interstate highways, subject to the approval of the Secretary, for purposes of reconstruction.”

When EZ-Pass came out I said it would lead to tolls on every corner.

I hate it when I’m right like that.

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The #VRWC Report, your Dictators R Us edition

Valerie Jarrett loves her presidential dictator. Until Sarah Palin is sworn in…

Dear Leader has invited gay NBA player Jason Collins to be his guest at tonight’s SOTU. Wait, is he gonna perform a gay wedding? All the Kool Kidz are doing it on TV now, and Obama never misses an opportunity to poke a stick in the eye of America’s Christians.

More likely, it’ll just be deja vu all over again. But in case Dear Leader says something we haven’t heard before, here’s your Official SOTU Bingo Card.

Punching back twice as hard: Students sue California for public school failures; teachers unions freak out.

The numbers don’t lie: Increasing the minimum wage increases teen unemployment.

The loony leftist gun-grabbers at Moms Demand Action took their idiocy to the corporate offices of Staples. Hilarity ensued.

Prayers and donations are needed for New Orleans jazz musician Doug Potter who was savagely beaten last Monday by some “thugs” while walking to his car after a gig. This so-called “knockout game” needs some new rules, as in “you hit us, we shoot you.

As if we needed another reason to despise Common Core: It includes a massive database of students’ personal data, accessible to pretty much everyone. Except the student and his parents, because, privacy.

Are we about to witness Divorce, Obama style? Read the East Wing tea leaves, and gird your loins.

What is this world coming to? The Marlboro Man begets Pajama Boy.

Finally for today, last week everyone was laughing at North Korea for claiming they successfully landed a man on the sun. What’s so hard to believe about that? He went at night!

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Cross-posted from TheoSpark.net

Lois Lerner will plead the Fifth before Congress, who is she protecting?

Lois Lerner has lawyered up, and plans to plead the  Fifth.

Lois Lerner, one of the IRS officials at the center of the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups, is going to plead the fifth rather than answer to Congress for the actions of the unit she oversaw. It’s one thing to lie to the American people, even if it gets one a bushel full of Pinocchios, but quite another to lie under oath.

The thing is though, what is she really afraid of? Her boss said no crime was committed. White House flunky Dan Pfeiffer went on TV this past weekend and tried to say the same thing.

So what if Chris puts his Speculation Hat on?

Lerner didn’t dream up this fiasco by herself. Bureaucrats don’t operate that way. Somebody had her back. Someone said they’d “take care” of any problems that cropped up. So by pleading the Fifth, Lois Lerner is protecting “someone.”

Maybe that “someone” isn’t Barack Obama. But I’ll bet it’s a person close to him. A political advisor. Say, David Plouffe? Or, much more likely, Valerie Jarrett.

Val hasn’t given the Journolist Jokers the time of day for more than a year. But now she summons them to the West Wing? My guess is, they’re not there for tea. Talking points, for sure. Spin, definitely. Marching orders, you betcha.

You watch. In the next day or so one of those bozos will “break” an important memo or other document which lays all the blame for the Tea Party harassment directly at Lerner’s feet. It’ll completely absolve Dear Leader and his White House sycophants while planting her firmly under the bus.

And then, maybe a year from now, when everyone’s forgotten about the IRS and Tea Parties, Lerner’s husband’s law firm will land a nice big fat retainer from one of George Soros’s dummy corporations. The work to be performed will be somewhat nebulous, but the payout will be in the high seven figures.

Because that’s how Valerie Jarrett protects her president.

Chicago on the Potomac: Obama’s IRS admits targeting Tea Party groups

Well, I was right. The IRS was actively targeting Conservative political groups in the run-up to the 2012 election.

But now they’re really, really, really sorry about it.

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

If you believe that “low-level workers in Cincinnati” stuff, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn you can have, cheap.

This is Nixonian in its audacity. Then again, it’s typical Obama. Or more likely, Valerie Jarrett.  Remember when he joked about tax audits?

Guess what Barry? I’m not laughing.

Lame-ass apologies won’t cut it. Jail. People have to go to jail Barry.

Using the IRS to target political opponents is banana-republic stuff, a clear and intolerable violation of the public trust, not to mention relevant criminal statutes. This is not the sort of offense that should get these IRS workers fired from their jobs — it is the sort of offense that should get them five years in prison.

And just so we’re clear here Barry. By “people,” I mean you.

President Fast And Furious blames Mexican gun violence on our lax gun control laws

The Lonely Conservative says Barry’s got “nerve.”

Gator Doug calls him a bigger liar than Slick Willy.

Either way, it’s a new chapter in How Low Can He Go. Because Mexican drug cartels always drive up north just to exploit the Gun Show Loophole.

Presumably the family of murdered Border Agent Brian Terry was not consulted prior to his speech.

Nevermind that our guns are already more heavily regulated than Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic. Nope. Dead kids are only useful to Obama when he can dance on their graves to advance his radical agenda. The word I’d use is shameless.