The Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force’s mission is to assist the 38 states needed to draft and ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution. If you are interested in passing on the American Dream of economic freedom and prosperity, you are invited to join state legislators, citizen activists, economists, academics, constitutional experts, organizations, and the business community. To join, click here.
Top 10 Reasons To Vote For U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment Application Resolution
1. The U.S., under current law, is expected to have Greek like debts in 12 years.
2. The U.S. is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to lose $911 billion per year and reach $26 trillion in debt by 2023.
3. The total U.S. debt has increased every year but 4 since 1930 (1947-48, 1956-57)
4. An enforced balanced budget amendment that slowed the growth of federal spending could, according to the Congressional Budget Office, by 2083:
1. Pay off the debt,
2. Quadruple GDP per capita, and
Allow for a 30% across the board tax cut after the
debt is paid off.
5. Thomas Jefferson warned, "To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution...an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing."
6. Article V of the U.S. Constitution makes it possible for 2/3 of Congress or 34 states to propose what James Madison called "an amendment of errors". Alexander Hamilton stated, "We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority."
Green States have Balanced Budget Amendment Applications Pending
Yellow States are likely candidates to consider BBA Applications
7. Legislators need not fear a runaway convention for 5 reasons:
a. There has never been one including 1787 when only 2 of the 39 U.S. Constitution signers violated their legislatures' instructions.
A Response to the Runaway Convention by Prof. Rob Natelson
b. Faithless delegates to amendment conventions and ratifying conventions or presidential electors may be recalled, immediately replaced, have their vote nullified and punished under civil or criminal laws (See Uniform Faithful Presidential Elector Act and SC Ray vs. Blair)
c. If, in the highly unlikely event, a majority of 26 state delegations were to violate their oath of office, break the state law, be willing to serve time in prison and defy their state legislature's recall order, any proposed rogue amendment would be unconstitutional for Congress to forward to the states for ratification.
d. If in the virtually non-existent chance that a rogue amendment did get proposed by a runaway convention and unconstitutionally forwarded by Congress for ratification, it could be blocked by 13 state houses or senates of the 99.
e. In American history, no faithless presidential elector or rogue Convention delegate has ever effected the outcome of the Presidential election or Article V State Convention ratification process (See: Ratification of 21st Amendment)
8. Article V's state application option for proposing amendments is the greatest power state legislatures have over the direction of our country. Once it has been used to stop our nation's unsustainable deficit spending, the states will have equal standing with Congress, the Courts and the President to permanently fix national problems and the balance of power.
9. Ronald Reagan stated, "The Constitution provides for both methods and the convention is a safety valve giving the people a chance to act if Congress refuses to."
10. Abraham Lincoln stated, "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it..." I will venture to add that to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves." (CNN: 74% of Americans support adding a Balanced Budget Amendment)
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Donate - Our nation is $16 trillion in debt and on track to borrow another trillion a year for the next ten years. The average taxpaying family will be forced to pay $12,000 in taxes just to cover the interest on the 2021 debt. The work of the Balanced Budget Amendment, Inc. is solely dependent on our supporters, so please join with us and ensure our nation's future prosperity through the adoption of a balanced budget amendment.
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