DeMint’S Amendment

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The other day I ran across a piece written by Erick Erickson, a popular conservative blogger, political pundit and new radio show host. Now this piece, titled “Force Congress to Balance the Budget” caught my eye because any time that you use the words force and congress together the message usually drifts off into insanity. While I, the Gunslinger, can usually pull it off, in Erickson’s case, I was not disappointed.

Erickson says “49 of the 50 states are required to balance their budgets, but Congress, like Vermont, has no such requirement. Complicating that is the legitimate argument that should a Balanced Budget Amendment go forward, it could just be an excuse for Congress to raise taxes in order to increase spending.”

There is also a link that takes you to Sen. Jim DeMint’s “Senate Conservatives Fund” where we find this.

“In the last 10 years, Congress has raised the debt ceiling 10 times, but it has not voted a single time to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. The only way to keep Congress from creating more debt is to pass a Constitutional Amendment that forces it to balance the budget without raising taxes.”

“Every state except for Vermont has a requirement to balance its budget and so should Congress. This is a commonsense reform that is overwhelmingly supported by the American people. There is no reason why the Senate cannot pass the Balanced Budget Amendment.”

This sounds like a great idea! If we can make the United States Government and the State of Vermont pass Balanced Budget Amendments then they will be on the same solid financial footing as the other 49 States and… and… and… HEY, NOW WAIT A COTTON PICKING MINIUTE HERE.

What fantasy world are they looking at because when I look at my State, I see debt? You may not notice it but when I look at your State, I see debt. Where have they been hiding? Don’t they read the news? How does Erickson even know what to blog about if he is so uninformed that he does not know that the states are broke? In fact they are not just broke but are in debt up the wazoo.

How about we look and see what the Weekly Standard has to say “Give States a Way to Go Bankrupt.”

The financial mess that spendthrift states have gotten themselves into is well known. California—recently dubbed the “Lindsay Lohan of states” in the Wall Street Journal—has a deficit that could reach $25.4 billion next year, and Illinois’s deficit for the 2011 fiscal year may be in the neighborhood of $15 billion. There is little evidence that either state has a recipe for bringing down its runaway expenses,” (Emphasis is mine)

Here’s a little piece from the Times, “A Path Is Sought for States to Escape Their Debt Burdens.” I know, I know, the New York Times is way too liberal for these guys to be reading. They might be scared to pick it up; they probably think that they would get cooties.

“Policymakers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.

But proponents say some states are so burdened that the only feasible way out may be bankruptcy, giving Illinois, for example, the opportunity to do what General Motors did with the federal government’s aid.” (Emphasis is mine)

So the state financial crisis’s is well known and we have a bunch of states trying to stay out of bankruptcy, while a bunch are trying to find out how to file for bankruptcy. It appears that we also have DeMint and his boy holding a useless piece of legislation up and touting it as a way to salvation as if they know nothing about the country.

I do not like DeMint and consider him to be more of a Theocrat rather than a true conservative but I know that he is not stupid. So why does he choose to act like he is?


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