From: Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Conference Call: - The Article V Initiative: The Way for the States to End Washington's Spending - Louisiana 24th BBA Application - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 4:00 EST
Date: Wed May 21 14:09:07 MDT 2014
The Article V Initiative: The Way for the States to End Washington's Spending

Dear Scott,  


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!


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Conference Call Agenda


4:00 - 4:05 Self Introductions

  • Balanced Budget Amendment Application Updates from Our Sponsors  
  • Priority Discussion South Carolina BBA Campaign 
  • Louisiana Becomes the 24th State with an Active Application for a Convention of States to Exclusively Consider a BBA        
  • Herman Cain Freedom Rally a Huge Success!
  • Campaign Fundraising
  • 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



The Article V Initiative: The way for the states to end Washington's spending

By Herman Cain

Canada Free Press


If you're frustrated by the refusal of Congress to stop its fiscal insanity - and how could you not be? - it's time to start realizing that the Constitution gives states and the people more power over Congress than most realize. And right now there is an effort called the Article V Initiative that would wield and deploy that power.


Most people don't know, because they have never been taught, that Article V of the Constitution empowers the people through their state legislatures to propose amendments. Specifically, Article V proscribes a process in which two-thirds of state legislatures (34 total) can vote to direct Congress to call a meeting of the states for the purpose of proposing amendments.


This is not a constitutional convention, which would be for the purpose of writing an entirely new Constitution. It is solely for the purpose of voting to enact amendments. Once such a meeting of the states is called (and Congress cannot refuse if two-thirds of the states call for it), then any amendment would require a vote of three-fourths (38 total) of state legislatures for ratification.

I spoke this past weekend to the people leading the Article V initiative. They are determined to work with state legislatures to bring on board the 34 states that would call for this meeting of the states.


One of the most positive things about this opportunity is that every state gets an equal vote. So if red states like Wyoming and Utah sign on, the value of their votes doesn't get obliterated by gigantic blue states like California or New York. Then again, if gigantic blue states are wise they will get on board. If Congress continues to pile up an ever-more crushing debt burden, those bigger states are going to shoulder a bigger share of the burden than the smaller states.


If 34 states can be brought on board to call for this gathering, then 38 states can pass any amendment to the Constitution, and there will be nothing Congress or the president can do about it.


And that brings us to the concept of the Balanced Budget Amendment. Since many of the states have balanced budget amendments in their own constitutions, it only makes sense to believe they would see merit to having one in the U.S. Constitution. It's fine for states to balance their own budgets, but if the federal government mismanages itself into a fiscal collapse, it will be the states who are left to pick up the pieces.


Now you might ask: Can't we solve this problem just by electing better people. Well, that would certainly help. But a major problem with politicians, even good ones, is that they quickly learn it benefits them to bestow favors on the electorate with other people's money. The Constitution limits the power of the federal government precisely because the nature of politics incentivizes government to grow. It also needs to limit the power of politicians to borrow and spend because the same kinds of incentives exist for them to do so irresponsibly. Even good people have to live within the limits of the powers enumerated by the Constitution, and that's as it should be.


By the way, don't think this is impossible. Twenty-four states have already passed this resolution, including six this year - Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia. Mississippi passed it in 1975 and there is no expiration date. So we only need 10 more! And in three more states - Wisconsin, Arizona and South Carolina - the measure has passed the state House and is pending in the Senate.


Here is where you can learn more about this effort. We're going to keep on this and support the effort in any way we can. This nation was founded with the idea that the states could serve as a check on the federal government. These days the people don't seem to realize that, and the powers-that-be in Washington certainly have little interest in explaining it to them.


But that power is real, and today it needs to be wielded more urgently than ever. The working class needs to make this happen, because the political class would never do it. But the political class also can't stop it. The Constitution is on our side.
Herman Cain, activists, advocate for balanced budget amendment

By Amanda Coyne

Post & Courier


Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain urged the South Carolina legislature to push for a federal balanced budget amendment.


Cain joined fellow conservative activists and politicians Saturday afternoon on the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Patriot Point to advocate for a convention of states. The convention of states would then ratify the amendment. This strategy has not been used since the 1700s, when conventions of this type were used to determine early American policy.


Thirty-four of the 50 American states must pass legislation asking for a convention of this type, and 24 already have. A measure to ask for a convention has passed the South Carolina House of Representatives, but is not expected to make it out of the Senate this legislative session.


Cain led the "Freedom Rally," held on National Armed Forces Day, in conjunction with I Am American, an organization dedicated to making that convention happen.


"It's called 'from the bottom up,'" Cain said. "Because we know from the top down, it doesn't work."


Cain's fellow speakers expressed extreme skepticism that federal legislators would take action to lessen the national debt or pursue a balanced budget amendment on their own.


"That's just never going to happen," said Loren Enns, a speaker for I Am American.


Cain said he was inspired by his young grandchildren to advocate for this cause, referring to his youngest grandson as "the fourth installment of why I keep fighting."


"I'm supposed to be retired, but I can't find it in the dictionary," Cain said with a laugh.


Cain currently hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show and is a contributor to Fox News. He pledged to focus more of his show's conversation on the work toward a convention to pass a balanced budget amendment.


I Am American CEO "Typhoon" Lou Marin, announced that the organization would begin actively lobbying for legislation advocating for a convention to pass a federal Constitutional amendment abolishing the Internal Revenue Service while continuing efforts on behalf of the balanced budget amendment.


State Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, was scheduled to speak about his efforts to get the pro-convention legislation through the Senate, but there was a fire at his home, according to emcee Tara Servatius, a morning radio show host for Charleston's WTMA.


Nearly 200 people came to the rally. Some were dressed in patriotic clothing, and four audience members wore head-to-toe colonial attire.


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In This Issue
The Article V Initiative: The Way for the States to End Washington's Spending
Herman Cain, Activists, Advocate, for a Balanced Budget Amendment
BBA Campaign News in the States
BBA State Campaign Map
Debt Clock

Article V BBA Resources

Article V FAQ By Professor Rob Natelson

Article V FAQ By Jim Brown NFIB

Top Ten Reasons to Vote for a BBA



We Demand a Balanced Budget


Citizens Against Government Waste


National Tax-Limitation Committee


I Am American


The Jefferson Project


The Reagan Project

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