House Speaker John Boehner is considering which Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to bring to the floor for a vote. There are two versions. The fact that there is even a question as to which version to bring to the floor when the Republicans control the House is frustrating and indicates the establishment ruling class of the Republican Party is devoid of the constitutional core principles which should guide all decisions. With the exception of Representative Paul Ryan (Budget Committee Chair), House leadership does not demonstrate a deep sense of business urgency to rein in Big Government or even consistently acknowledge that we are OUT OF MONEY!
The “Clean” bi-partisan, Big Government version of the BBA
The Stronger Versions of the BBA
Amending our Constitution is a serious matter and should never been used as a tactical, political move just to garner election year support, but that is exactly what is about to occur. The truth is, the Constitution without any BBA at all, contains everything Congress needs to control the size and scope of the federal government; however, unprincipled men and women who do not take seriously the meaning of this oath of office long ago abandoned our Constitution:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
The bottom line is this: until the 2012 elections, we have no choice but to make the best of a bad situation and push elected officials to do the right thing on this BBA. If a weak version passes Congress, we will do everything in our power to “fire” all who voted for it, and we will fight it at the state level. Until then, Congressman Paul Ryan is on record as only supporting a strong Balanced Budget Amendment. The top three GOP Leaders listed below are not as committed and must be reminded that we are watching.
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