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    Re: Do you support a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Of course, its only common sense. Ost wont agree because most do not have tbeir own financial house in order

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    Re: Do you support a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    Do you support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution? Although support has been found for it among the American people, like in this poll, it would of course be difficult to add any amendment to the Constitution. Especially because even among people who support the measure there is much disagreement.

    For example there is this version introduced by Justin Amash which uses an average of non-borrowing revenue from the previous three years and can only be suspended if an emergency is declared by 2/3s of each house.

    There's also this version introduced by Mark Udall that uses projected figures for the next year, does not apply during a time of declared war and can be exceeded by a 3/5s vote in each House. It also makes it illegal to reduce taxes on those making more than $1 million a year if that would make outlays exceed receipts for any year.

    So, do you support any variation of this type of amendment or do you believe that adding a balanced budget amendment would be unnecessary and economically damaging.
    No. Even with a Constitutional requirement to adopt a balance budget every year, politicians will still be able to manipulate the budget process and hide their deficit spending ever more.

    This has been the case with California for many, many years. Constitutional requirement to adopt a balanced budget, yet the Progressive Legislature has added $10's of billions to the state debt through "accounting gimmicks" that allow them to continue their game.

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    Re: Do you support a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    Do you support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution? Although support has been found for it among the American people, like in this poll, it would of course be difficult to add any amendment to the Constitution. Especially because even among people who support the measure there is much disagreement.

    For example there is this version introduced by Justin Amash which uses an average of non-borrowing revenue from the previous three years and can only be suspended if an emergency is declared by 2/3s of each house.

    There's also this version introduced by Mark Udall that uses projected figures for the next year, does not apply during a time of declared war and can be exceeded by a 3/5s vote in each House. It also makes it illegal to reduce taxes on those making more than $1 million a year if that would make outlays exceed receipts for any year.

    So, do you support any variation of this type of amendment or do you believe that adding a balanced budget amendment would be unnecessary and economically damaging.
    I think it would simply be a waste of time. While I think the general idea of it is a good one I am very skeptical about its actual effectiveness. Any balanced budget amendment or law is going to have to have an emergency clause in it to allow over spending in times of war or disaster or put our country in a very precarious position. Our politicians will simply use this clause to continue to over spend every year. How many years out of the last 20 could they have used war as an excuse? In our history as a nation we have had some type of military conflict or disaster almost every single year.

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    Re: Do you support a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    I think that an amendment that allows enough flexibility to respond to unforeseen circumstances will also allow enough that it can be gotten around on a regular basis.

    I also think such an amendment has zero chance of passing. If 3/4 of the country wanted a balanced budget, we'd have a balanced budget.
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    Re: Do you support a Balanced Budget Amendment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sabanist View Post
    Of course, its only common sense. Ost wont agree because most do not have tbeir own financial house in order
    Why is it common sense to lock yourself into a default spiral?
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