It is very clear that Washington DC and the Federal Government are broken. Politicians of both parties have added to our $18 Trillion National Debt with no end in sight, but never more than under Emperor Pinocchio Veto Obama. Obama has added more to the National Debt than all other 43 Presidents before him combined; yet he still proposes higher taxes, more Entitlements and even more Debt. The United States is headed toward bankruptcy, fiscal calamity and the potential for resultant civil strife on our streets. Members of Congress, often in office for life, have proven that they cannot control spending.
This is the reason that many Republicans, including Tom Coburn, John Kasich, Sarah Palin and Bobby Gindahl and others are now pushing for a Constitutional Convention to enact a Balanced Budget Amendment because it will never be done by Congress, no matter which political party is in control. And, while we are at it, we need to see a Constitutional Amendment that requires Term Limits for members of Congress to end the corruption we see when politicians are in office for life.
Two thirds of the states, or 33 state legislatures, would have to petition Congress to call a Constitutional Convention. Once done, presumably each state would send Delegates to draft Amendments to the Constitution. In order for those Amendments to be added to the Constitution, 3/4th's of the state legislatures would have to ratify each Amendment in order for the Amendment to become law. Some fear that opening this door would lead to all sorts of crazy Amendments; but given that it would require 3/4's of the states, or 38 states, to approve whatever is drafted, it is highly unlikely that anything radical would be enacted into law.
The Founders anticipated a federal government our of control, which is why they added this recourse in the Constitution. The people, through their state legislatures, have an opportunity to say no to higher and higher taxes and greater and greater borrowing and spending that is bankrupting our country. We are reaching a tipping point. It is clear that Washington politicians care more about being reelected, so that they can continue feeding at the trough, than the national interests. It is time for the people to rise up, through their state legislatures, to save our nation. This Blogger supports a Constitutional Convention as the only way to get our fiscal house in order and to help end the corruption that we see in Washington DC.