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Thread: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    There really isn't a need for a balanced budget. Going through Congress now is a bill that would reduce the deficit $23B over the next 10 years.

    For most of our history, that would be a lot of money.
    And that means precisely nothing. First it's all projections and not associated with real life. Second allowing ANY deficit just increases the DEBT.

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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    Yes. I'm not sure why this idea wasn't proposed way back.
    maybe because its not a practical idea.
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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I do not have ANY level of faith in ANY individual who is capable of getting themselves elected (especially from the Communistwealth of Massachusetts) to properly implement or maintain the laws of this country.
    So you want direct democracy?

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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    maybe because its not a practical idea.
    For example?

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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    For example?
    a balanced budget amendment could potentially give control of the budget over to the courts, because any constitutional amendment is subject to extensive judicial review. do you really think unelected courts should hold power over what goes in the budget, especially since their rulings are hard to predict?
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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    So you want direct democracy?
    Not in the least. What I want is a cast-in-stone system where the elected officials are little to nothing more than administrators of the existing laws and society.

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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    We havent had a poll on this in a while, so I thought I would bring it up again. Given the skyrocketing spending and debt, out of control social spending, and the inability of congress to deal with it, would you support an amendment to the constitution to the effect of requiring the govt to not spend more than it has in the treasury, except in the case of a congress declared national emergency? The exact language doesnt matter. Just the idea, for the purposed of this poll.
    I think this would be a very radical change. Most state and local governments already operate this way. We the people seem to be less outraged at irresponsible behavior coming from our state and local governments. I certainly think this should be pursued but we need about 10-20 years to prepare for this. I would be ok for a balanced budget amendment that took effect at a later date into the future. I really think the political capital exists to make something like this happen. Almost all states already practice this so getting them to approve a change like this to the constitution would be a snap. I don't agree with the making an exemption for "emergencies". I'd prefer taxing the bejesus out of the public in the event of an emergency rather than borrowing money to make it happen.

    Keep in mind though. The federal government is a different animal. If you imposed the limitation of a balanced budget there are still options. The federal reserve could be abolished and the government could press print. Presto, your currency has devalued to such a degree that chaos erupts. National governments don't really operate under the same rules as individuals, households, businesses and local governments. A national government has a lot of complex capabilities and responsibilities. We really don't need a balanced budget amendment although I would support it.

    Oh yeah. I voted no in the poll because I don't think it is the right time to do this.

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    Re: Is It Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    a balanced budget amendment could potentially give control of the budget over to the courts, because any constitutional amendment is subject to extensive judicial review. do you really think unelected courts should hold power over what goes in the budget, especially since their rulings are hard to predict?
    They already have it. The Supreme Court has jurisidiction over all cases.

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