The thought of a constitution amendment to balance the federal budget has been talked about for years. But do we really need it? I am 100% sure that in this next election season we will hear about this issue.
The constitution as it is written already put limits on what the federal government can and cannot do. Over the years those limits have been interpreted widely and in most cases have gone farther than the government should have gone. As a result some Americans have become accustomed to, even dependent on the federal government to do thing for them that they should be doing for themselves.
While some in Washington DC are embracing this reality, others are doing everything they can to reverse it, and make people more dependent on the government. If we are to ever have a balance budget one simple thing must happen. “Stop spending more than we take in.” It is a basic principle that guides most American family, some sacrifices will have to be made by all of the classes, (the rich, the middle class and the poor) and that includes some government entitlement programs.
The purpose of a balance budget amendment is to reduce and put an end to the deficit, deficits however are only the outcome of too much spending. Will a balanced budget amendment stop spending? The states have proven “NO”. Most states have a balanced budget requirement and yet the spending only gets bigger and bigger. We need politicians in Washington that have the guts to make the big decision. And know that some big decision will hurt, but in the long run we will all be much better.
So do we really need an amendment to tell us to do what we should already be doing??