From: Mark Jensen
To: Jack Draxler, Lee Perry,
Subject: Thoughts on the Balanced Budget Amendment - Please oppose this bad idea
Date: Fri Feb 21 21:55:05 MST 2014
Body:
The Balanced Budget Amendment ( BBA) being suggested has escape hatches provided in it for Congress to deficit spend in times of crisis or war. When are we not in a crisis and a war, or even more than one war? How will the budget be balanced? Will it be by Congress cutting spending? Nothing in the BBA requires that as the method of balancing the budget does it? Then how about raising taxes to balance the federal budget? Oh that is allowed by a BBA. How about expanding the money supply of paper money through turning up the printing presses? That is not forbidden either. So hyperinflation of the currency could be used to balance the budget as Abraham Lincoln’s government did to some extent during the Civil War when he had “green backs” that were not backed by gold or silver printed to pay for war costs. Money was created out of paper to an unlimited extent and spent by the war department as needed to acquired necessities of war, a type of inflationary hidden tax. Is that what the BBA will bring us?

Is there anything in the BBA that requires Congress to stop its spending upon unconstitutional departments created without regard to the few delegated powers the Constitution actually granted to Congress, or stop its spending undeclared wars and military adventures as a global cop for the UN and NATO, or unconstitutional giveaways like foreign aid? Nope.

Isn’t it true that the Congress has the power today to actually cut spending and balance the budget by a vote of 1 over 50%? Then, why the need for a BBA and an Article V Convention? Will Congress, who ignores the Constitution so often now, obey a new amendment? In what way will they obey it?  Is the BBA really just a handy cause célèbre to excite interest in convening the Article V Convention so that other revisions to the Constitution can be put forth? What special interests and hidden agendas are awaiting the Convention call?


THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CONSTITUTION!  WE HAVE SIMPLY STOPPED APPLYING IT.  ALL OF THE CHALLENGES THE NATION FACES WOULD BE RESOLVED IN VERY SHORT ORDER IF THE NATION AND OUR LEADERSHIP WOULD RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE CONSTITUTION AS BROUGHT FORTH IN THE BEGINNING.

Please do not allow this resolution to be advanced to the floor of the House.  Our liberty is hanging in the balance.

Mark Jensen
Wellsville, Utah

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