Balanced Budget Amendment the answer? Boozman says yes, Pryor no, Part 28 (Input from Norm Coleman, former Republican Senator from MN)


It’s Simple to Balance The Budget Without Higher Taxes

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Steve Brawner in his article “Safer roads and balanced budgets,” Arkansas News Bureau, April 13, 2011, noted:

The disagreement is over the solutions — on what spending to cut; what taxes to raise (basically none ever, according to Boozman); whether or not to enact a balanced budget amendment (Boozman says yes; Pryor no); and on what policies would promote the kind of economic growth that would make this a little easier.

In his article, “The people can fix the budget,” August 6, 2010, Politico,  Norm Coleman wrote: 

We have all experienced a time when we opened a credit card bill, only to be shocked by the balance. On more than one occasion, I’m sure, we’ve all said, “Who put that charge on my account?”

Now, imagine opening that bill and finding out your balance has shot up by $37,000!

You call the company to say somebody ran up $37,000 on your card without your knowledge. Who could have done such a thing? Congress and President Barack Obama.

Let’s look at what they charged to your account:

Obamacare: $1 trillion.

Taxpayer bailouts: $3.5 trillion.

The national debt: $13 trillion.

The deficit: $1.47 trillion.

Though you tell the credit card company you didn’t authorize the charges, you’ve still got to pay the bill. After all, they were from the government, which came to help you.

Too many in Congress, as well as the president, have been issuing checks that they can’t cash, but they want you to — to the tune of $37,000 for each and every American citizen alive at the end of this sentence.

And the government isn’t done yet. So what can we do?

The American people have the ability, under Article V of the Constitution, to compel Congress to pass constitutional amendments — either through a Constitutional Convention or through the threat of 34 states passing petitions to force Congress to hold a convention.

The bottom line is, whether it’s via a Constitutional Convention or an act of Congress, we need the protection of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

While more conservatives may be elected to Congress in November, there’s no guarantee that there will be enough to blunt the efforts by Congress and the president to spend yet more of your money and cost more of your economic future. 

The only guarantee is in the Constitution itself. And the only way the Constitution is likely to be changed is if state legislatures and governors raise their voices and petition Congress to take action. The American people have to rise up and demand that Congress do what 49 states must: balance their budgets.

Those who now preach more spending and more government programs say we are threatening the economic recovery if we pay down our debt and reduce our deficit.

In other words, if our economy is going to recover and jobs are going to come back, they have to spend more of your money to make it happen.

How many Americans, in their family budget, have used the federal government’s neat trick of spending themselves further into debt to create greater economic opportunity for their family?

Does the increased monthly payment on your credit card — the higher level of interest — put more food on your table? Does putting your family further into debt increase your chances to reduce your debt?

Seriously, only Washington politicians and limousine liberal economists would think that going further into debt would help you get closer to getting out of debt.

It’s time to take back our government. It’s time to take back America. And it’s time to give the American people true, honest and guaranteed political power.

We need a balanced-budget amendment to our Constitution. We need laws that require a two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes, so that Congress and the president don’t use a balanced-budget amendment as an excuse to raise taxes.

Washington won’t solve the debt problem. We, the people, can and must.

We need the American people, through state legislatures across our nation, to demand that Congress pass a balanced-budget amendment — or get out of the way and allow 34 states to compel Congress to do what it won’t do on its own.

Norm Coleman, a former Republican senator from Minnesota, is chief executive officer of the American Action Network.

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