Idaho’s U.S. Senators, Junior Jim Risch and Senior Mike Crapo have joined a group of 47 who propose an amendment to the constitution of the United States of America to require a balanced budget.
While that sounds great in concept, it will take years upon years to ever pass. The joint announcement is nothing but a publicity stunt and the GUARDIAN will assert the proposal is absurd and doomed to failure.
Amendments are not shallow quick fix measures undertaken at the drop of a hat. To amend the U.S. constitution–the foundation of all the laws of the nation–congress must have a 2/3 majority approval vote of its members, followed by approval of 3/4ths of the states. If anyone can get this done with regard to a balanced budget they could be President for life–but there is an amendment that prohibits it!
Here is article 5 which would make good reading for both Junior and Senior:
“ARTICLE 5–Amendments may be proposed by either two-thirds of both houses of the United States Congress or by a national convention. This convention can be assembled at the request of the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states. To become part of the Constitution, amendments must then be ratified either by approval of the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or ratifying conventions held in three-fourths of the states. Congress has discretion as to which method of ratification should be used. Any amendment so ratified becomes a valid part of the constitution, provided that no state “shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the senate,” without its consent.”
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