From: Scott Rogers, Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Conference Call: The Overwhelming Groundswell of Grassroots Support for a BBA Convention of States - Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:00 EST
Date: Thu Jan 09 20:10:50 MST 2014

The Overwhelming Groundswell of Grassroots Support for a BBA Convention of States

Dear Honorable Scott K. Jenkins,  


You are invited to participate in the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force's weekly conference call to move forward the campaign to reach the necessary 34 state applications requesting a Convention for Proposing Amendments to solely consider a Balanced Budget Amendment.


We have assembled the nation's best experts on the history of Article V and the Balanced Budget Amendment. We hope you will join the campaign!


Please join us Fridays at 4:00 PM EST


1. Please join my meeting.


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2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.


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Conference Call Agenda


4:00 - 4:05 Self Introductions

  • Balanced Budget Amendment Application Updates from Our Sponsors
  • Our Grassroots Team Led By I Am American Discusses Their Recent Event in South Dakota (Note: They braved the Polar Vortex with minus 50 degree temps!)
  • Discuss Recent Fundraising Activities
  • Updates from the BBA Task Force and Coalition Members

4:56 - 5:00 New Business


In Liberty,


Scott Rogers

Executive Director


Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

P.O. Box 1261

Leesburg, Virginia 20175




Article V Wisdom from State Representative Manny Steele (SD)

Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to know that democracies tend to centralize. This is why they gave us a Republic form of government.


Our framers understood that Congress could not be relied on to check itself. They understood how previous governments had worked.


Because of this, they gave us Article V in our Constitution and the 10th Amendment to insure the individual states could retain their equal power.


We, as states, have grossly ignored our responsibility to con-tain the powers of the federal government. This has happened in many ways, and I believe the most serious problem is our runaway budget.


The framers of our Constitution saw this potential problem and gave us the tools to prevent this from happening.


To our dismay, we have never used it. Much of our dysfunction in government comes from the imbalance of power between our branches of government.


Please read Article V of the U.S. Constitution. This is exactly what our framers told us to do.


Did our Founding Fathers not know what they were talking about? Does that put into question the rest of the articles in the Constitution?


Can we believe that only certain parts of the Constitution are OK, and some are not?


Those who oppose this action and fear a runaway constitutional convention, I feel, is based on misinformation. It is futile to think an Article V convention could be a runaway.


Part of Article V reads that if 34 states agree and send a resolution to Congress, they have to call a convention to amend the Constitution.


All states are allowed to send delegates to this convention, and each state has the right to put restrictions on what these delegates can vote on, and more importantly, what they are not allowed to vote on.


This authority falls under the 10th Amendment that guarantees state sovereignty.


When an agreement is reached on the wording of an amendment, Congress sends that wording out to all 50 states. If 38 states agree with and ratify the amendment, it becomes part of our Constitution.


Congress has used this process 27 times to amend our Constitution, but the states never have.


So we are now in the position with our national budget more than $17 trillion, thanks to both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.


The creators had the wisdom to give us a plan to keep equal power in these branches of government. It is long past due to use the method given us.


Let's get started.


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The work of the Balanced Budget Amendment, Inc. is solely dependent on our supporters, so please join with us and ensure our nation's future prosperity through the adoption of a federal balanced budget amendment.


In This Issue
Article V Wisdom from Representative Manny Steele (SD)


We Demand a Balanced Budget


Citizens Against Government Waste


Families for America


National Tax-Limitation Committee


I Am American


The Jefferson Project


The Reagan Project

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