I just don’t get why Republicans want a balanced budget amendment so bad.
I take that back. I do get it.
What I don’t get is how the GOP and so many movement conservatives could be so wrong.
A balanced budget amendment (BBA) is an admission that Congress spends money on that which is unconstitutional.
Strike that. It codifies unconstitutional spending.
I read this piece over at Human Events last evening. Audrey Hudson, who is an excellent journalist, lists quote after quote of Republicans lamenting the death of the BBA in the Senate.
I don’t know why it seems to evade so many so-called conservatives that the BBA renders the Constitution useless.
The Constitution has enumerated powers; that which is not specifically granted is not allowed, or is to be pursued by the States vis a vis the 10th Amendment. All the profligate spending over the past 90 years has been mostly unconstitutional. See US Constitution Article 1 Section 8; Federalist 39, 41 and 45 for reference.
If we pass a BBA based on spending as a percentage of GDP, we grant the federal (national?) government the power to spend on whatever it wants, restrained only by how much it can confiscate from us, not by enumeration.
Why this escapes so many conservatives is beyond me.
It is beyond me. Big time.
If we have a Balanced Budget Amendment, Congress will be able to spend money on any crazy-ass thing it wants, as long as it doesn’t exceed 18% of GDP.
How about we simply ADHERE TO THE CONSTITUTION IN THE FIRST PLACE?
Yes, I am yelling.
Those dumb sons of bitches. If Congress actually followed the Constitution, we would not have this mess to begin with.
Any conservative or Republican who supports this thing is seriously misguided.