Comments on: Three reasons conservatives should oppose a balanced budget amendment http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: AdamSmith76 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-67526 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:44:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-67526 Let’s look at the first point, that it won’t work and would simply be skirted. Can anyone honestly say that this hasn’t happened to every provision already in the Constitution? Look at the Commerce Clause. FDR’s government fined a farmer for growing corn for his own use under the Commerce Clause. Using the author’s argument, nothing should be in the Constitution.

Point 2 isn’t a theoretical argument of why the amendment is bad, but a practical reality. This does not make it a “bad idea from a conservative’s point of view” unless all unpopular ideas are by definition bad ideas.

Point 3 is related to Point 1: Any amendment that will be skirted will look silly and become graffiti. Again, go back to my first point. Give me a part of the Constitution, and I’ll show you how it has been skirted (except for forbidding quartering of troops).

I am surprised the author didn’t use the most commonly cited reason: It would create an incentive to raise taxes.

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By: csellefson http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-67262 Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:41:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-67262 The author only considers short term difficulties. The Amendment should allow a surplus. Of course the central bank would oppose that as they would be affected when the Federal Government had to stop borrowing and might become a competitor.
The Amendment should also allow limited borrowing to even the governments cash flow, but with draconian provisions if the debt reached a certain level as a percentage of revenue or GDP.
The only thing that ever killed great civilizations is debt! Out of control, run amok debt!

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By: Tomslad http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-35759 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 03:05:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-35759 A balanced budget? Does that mean if your state has had a huge windfall like Bill Gates presenting it with a weeks profit from Microsoft, would the state have to find new ways to spend it, and balance the books?
In bad times, why can’t they borrow money like everybody else against future good times?

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By: coyotle http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-35756 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:32:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-35756 There are few if any true liberals and even fewer true conservatives holding elected positions in the U.S. government. So, any conversation based upon fact and reason is an exercise in futility. Most of the United States Congress are servants of the Oligarchs. I for one stand with these previous commentators. The “Highway to Hell” is truly paved with the best of intentions. Now if only we had the best of leadership?

By the way Seattlesh, a “Balanced Budget Amendment” would put a stop to Democratic launched wars as well (Viet Nam). After all we really only have one political party “The War Party”. All the public disagreement between Jackasses and Pachyderms is nothing more than posturing and distraction from the real issues.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-35755 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:59:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-35755 It can’t be fixed, it must collapse.

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By: seattlesh http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-35754 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:48:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-35754 The discussion is moot as the provision will never pass. Speaking as a progressive, however, it certainly would put an end to all of these unfunded Republican launched wars.

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By: Bob9999 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-35751 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:00:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-35751 For the self-righteous to seek amendments to the Constitution to impose their will on an otherwise unwilling populace is nothing new. The great success of Prohibition should show us how truly effective Constitutional amendments can be.

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By: threeRivers http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-35750 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 11:52:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-35750 Even if we went one stop better, to require a balanced balance sheet, they would hire Bernie Madoff’s CPA to do any accruals.

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By: RET_SFC http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/01/three-reasons-conservatives-should-oppose-a-balanced-budget-amendment/#comment-35749 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 11:32:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=9702#comment-35749 True, but irrelevant; the Amendment proviso is a sop to legislators facing voters who think it’s a cure for our bad habits.

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