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Balanced Budget Yes, But Not a Balanced Budget Amendment

The following has been sent to newspapers around the United States.


Dear editor:

The House of Representatives has defeated a Balanced Budget Amendment, the measure being supported by a majority of 233 members rather than the necessary two-thirds.

For fiscal conservatives, that defeat is a good thing.  Passage of an amendment (which would never be ratified by states desperate to received Federal handouts) would merely have become an excuse for Congress to postpone action on the deficit while waiting on the states.

Furthermore, like all balanced budget amendments, this one was really a collection of loopholes and exceptions, and if Congress failed to obey, the enforcement was left to Congress itself.

If there are really 233 members of the House who want to balance the budget, they have the votes to at least pass it through the House and send it to the Senate.  They can start by passing the spending rescissions that are expected to reach the floor soon, and have the President’s support.

But this is a House which recently cast a bipartisan vote to abolish the spending limits adopted in 2011 and vastly increase Federal spending.  There is no reason to expect them to immediately turn around and cut spending.

 As taxpayers, we need to closely watch our elected officials in Washington to see which ones actually vote for less spending, and which ones only talk about it.




Peter J. Thomas


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