In the latest volley in the fiscal cliff negotiations Speaker Boehner wants to make the Bush tax cuts on the rich permanent. This is interesting politics, surely the Speaker knows that there’s no such thing as making a tax rate “permanent.” The Constitution puts the tax issue in Congress’ lap and they can change it any time they can get the President to sign the bill. And they have done so over and over and over again. So if the Speaker wants to makes the tax cuts “permanent,” it would require an amendment to the Constitution, which is not what he is proposing. Curious.