Thursday, March 28, 2013

John Celoc — Balanced Budget Advocates Seek Article V Constitutional Convention

Advocates for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution have pinned their hopes on state legislatures calling for a new constitutional convention to get the amendment included.
The Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, a Virginia-based group, has been pushing for states to use Article V of the Constitution, which allows Congress to call for a convention if petitioned by two-thirds of the states, or 34 states.Currently, 17 states have submitted petitions calling for a convention in order to add a balanced budget amendment.
"Our founders really, truly believed -- and if you read Hamilton and Madison in the Federalist Papers the intent was clear -- that if the central government went beyond its bounds, the states have the way to close the divide peacefully," David Biddulph, the co-founder of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, told The Huffington Post.
An Article V convention has never been called, even though 49 states have submitted at least one petition calling for such a convention. Currently, at least three states are considering petitions: Georgia for the balanced budget amendment, Indiana to balance the power between the states and the federal government, and Kansas to move certain powers solely to the states.
The Huffington Post
Balanced Budget Advocates Seek Article V Constitutional Convention
John Celoc
(h/t Charles Hayden on FB)

I guess these folks want to cede the future to the BRICs.

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