Constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget

Surely, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid aren't off the balanced budget band wagon because they share some conservatives' It's important to stress that Senator Lee's balanced budget amendment legislation and facsimiles aren't panaceas. But to rely mainly on Congress, which is composed of men and women who, generally speaking, are parochial and self-obsessed, to legislate the national government into boundaries that more closely approximate the pre-FDR era is a reach.

When it comes to government, human wiliness, and chicanery, no law -- constitutional or otherwise -- however shrewdly constructed, is foolproof. Congress of latter day Jeffersons and Madisons who legislated limited national government and budget-prudence, where is it written that subsequent Congresses, perhaps comprised of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer clones, won't undo the 113The argument can be advanced that virtuous voters would need to keep electing the Jeffersons and Madisons to Congress, but the Republic's history shows that very human voters don't always elect the wisest and most public-spirited to populate and helm the Congress, much less fill the presidency.

is -- a nest of vipers, rogues, and the terminally greedy. Since the 1930s, the nation has had New Deal, Fair Deal, Great Society, and Obama Society Congresses that have run roughshod over the Constitution, expanding government far beyond the founders' intent, plundering the federal treasury, pushing credit card government, and setting the stage for the looming crisis in government the nation faces today.

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Federal government spending, limited to eighteen percent of the GDP annually, inevitably means that Congresses will routinely spend to the limit, but that's far better than the threat or reality of Congresses gobbling up ever-higher percentages of GDP to patronize constituencies and special interests to build an Olympus on the Potomac. is -- a nest of vipers, rogues, and the terminally greedy. Since the 1930s, the nation has had New Deal, Fair Deal, Great Society, and Obama Society Congresses that have run roughshod over the Constitution, expanding government far beyond the founders' intent, plundering the federal treasury, pushing credit card government, and setting the stage for the looming crisis in government the nation faces today.

Campaigns will still be necessary to downsize the federal government by eliminating unconstitutional functions that Washington has assumed over the years or divesting those functions to return them to the states. constitutional restraints that keep Washington from going Hugo Chavez on the nation; in other words, from sliding into squalid statism.

But to rely mainly on Congress, which is composed of men and women who, generally speaking, are parochial and self-obsessed, to legislate the national government into boundaries that more closely approximate the pre-FDR era is a reach.

Representatives and Senators are vipers, rogues, and greedy - well, not all of them, anyway.

It is our hope the active engagement of the American people will produce a robust debate that will aid in the construction of a new American agenda.

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In 1995, Congress nearly passed a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget. This site was developed as part of an official effort to increase the dialogue between Americans and their Congress.

The Balanced Budget Amendment would have forced the federal government to live within its means. 16 years later, Congress has the chance to get it right. Here, Americans are provided a new platform to share their priorities and ideas for a national policy agenda.

Federal government spending, limited to eighteen percent of the GDP annually, inevitably means that Congresses will routinely spend to the limit, but that's far better than the threat or reality of Congresses gobbling up ever-higher percentages of GDP to patronize constituencies and special interests to build an Olympus on the Potomac.

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