From: Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Conference Call: The States Can Solve the Federal Debt Problem Through Article V - Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:00 EST
Date: Wed Oct 09 14:24:14 MDT 2013
The States Can Solve the Federal Debt Problem Through Article V

Dear Honorable Dean Sanpei,  


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


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Conference Call Agenda


4:00 - 4:05 Self Introductions


4:06 - 4:15 The Ohio We the People Convention was a big Success!


4:15 - 4:30 Mark Guyer and Bill Fruth Discuss theOhio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee meetingregarding HJR 7calling for a convention of the states to solely consider a federal balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


4:30 - 4:45 Open Question Time for State Legislators


4:45 - 4:50 We Need Federal BBA Application Sponsors Montana, Wyoming!


4:40 - 4:55 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




Americans for Tax Reform Letter of Support for Ohio H.J. Res. 7 Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

Ohio General Assembly

Dear Legislator,

I write in support of H.J. Res. 7, sponsored by Representative Matt Huffman, applying to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.

The state initiated amendments process was enshrined in the Constitution for a very important purpose. Our Founding Fathers expected that at some point in the future, the states would request Article V conventions to restrain the growth of the national government. That time has come.

The Ohio resolution calling for a convention makes it clear that the call is limited to a convention that itself will deal with only one a balanced budget amendment. It is duly important that any balanced budget amendment contain a tax limitation provision requiring two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes.

The fact is Washington has an overspending addiction, an addiction that has accelerated in recent years. Historically, outlays have averaged about 21 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) while revenues have amounted to about 18 percent of GDP. Due to the current administration and Congress's spending binge, outlays now average almost 25 percent of GDP, and are projected to stay around 23 percent in perpetuity.

Spending at the national level has exploded over the past four years. On average each year, for every dollar of income, Congress spent $1.90! This legacy of fiscal mismanagement will be left to our children and their children's children to pay for.

As Ronald Reagan once said "I think most of you know how badly out of control Federal spending has gotten in recent years. That's why I'm one of those Americans who have always believed a constitutional amendment mandating that Congress balance the budget is the answer to what ails us. It [Balanced Budget Amendment] must prevail because if it does not, the free society we have known for two hundred years, the ideal of a government by consent of the governed will simply cease to exist."

When I was executive director of the National Taxpayers Union in 1978 I worked to win over 18 states to call for such a convention. The election of President Reagan convinced many that there was less of a need for a constitutional barrier to overspending and debt.  The last several decades suggests we will need that guardrail and it should be in the constitution.

I would recommend you look at HJR7 and I hope you will choose to vote for this call for a convention for the purposes of proposing a balanced budget amendment.


Grover G. Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform

Guest Post: Congressman Stivers on Balanced Budget Amendment

As the father of two young children, Sarah and Sam, I want nothing more than to ensure they have a bright future. I don't want them to be buried under a mountain of debt.  However to do that, we need to take the necessary steps to stop the out-of-control government spending."


"Personally, I think the best way to do that is through the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to ensure the federal government can no longer spend more money than it brings in. As a Member of Congress I have voted to pass Balanced Budget Amendment Legislation, which would require the federal government to balance its budget. However, Congress can't seem to get that done.


Our founding fathers knew to set up a system for when Congress wouldn't act;  an Article V limited Constitutional Convention may be called by two-thirds, or 34 of the states.  To ensure there is not a runaway convention, they required amendments proposed in those conventions to be ratified by three-fourths or 38 of the states.


I am glad that Governor John Kasich is making this a priority. I appreciate his dedication to ushering a bill through the Ohio Legislature to add Ohio to the list of states that have requested Congress call a Constitutional Convention on a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Once this effort passes in Ohio, it will put our nation one step closer to fiscal responsibility."


Column: Nation's debt a problem that demands attention and action

As you already know, your household cannot sustain itself for an extended period of time while operating with a large amount of debt. Nor can any business or organization do so. In fact, the State of Ohio is explicitly prohibited from deficit spending.


Only in Congress in Washington, D.C., can they spend more than they bring in, year after year. The national debt is an issue that people talk about, but very little ever seems to be done about it. Meanwhile, the debt just keeps growing and growing.

The US Treasury Department estimates that the debt will surpass the $17 trillion plateau as early as next month. With a number that big, I think it can often be difficult to really understand the real effects of the national debt. No one knows what one trillion dollars looks like, let alone 17 times that so allow me to try and explain it.

A trillion dollars is 1,000,000,000,000, that's 12 zeros to the left of the decimal point. A billion dollars is a thousand million, a trillion dollars is a thousand billion. CNN has state that one trillion $1 bills stacked on top of one another would reach 68,000 miles into the sky, or about one-third of the way to the moon. Seventeen trillion dollars in $1 bills stacked on top of one another would reach the moon and back nearly three times.


In This Issue
Americans for Tax Reform Letter of Support HJR 7 Balanced Budget Amendment
Guest Post: Congressman Stivers on Balanced Budget Amendment
Nation's Debt a Problem that Demands Attention and Action


We Demand a Balanced Budget


Citizens Against Government Waste


Families for America


National Tax-Limitation Committee


I Am American

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