As of this writing, the national debt is $17,322,630,658,702 and rising. By the time you read this, it will be even higher. The federal government recently reported that they ran “only” a $680 billion deficit for 2013.
The last time we recorded a surplus was 1998, when both the House and the Senate were in control during the Clinton administration. Before this, the government maintained a deficit all the way back to 1970.
Because of this irresponsible “leadership,” state lawmakers are calling for a constitutional convention to add an amendment to the Constitution forcing the federal government to balance the budget.
From Argus Leader:
A growing number of lawmakers are signing on to a movement to call a new federal constitutional convention, for the goal of bypassing Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment and perhaps other reforms.
Although the energy for the convention comes mostly from conservatives, some Democratic leaders have voted for it, and some of the fiercest opposition also comes from conservatives.
At a legislative breakfast Thursday hosted by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, five of the 16 legislators speaking brought up the convention, and most of those named it as a top priority this legislative session.
“What I’m hoping to be working on this year is a bill, a resolution actually, that’s going to call for a convention of the states, that will propose amendments to limit the federal government’s power,” said Rep. Isaac Latterell, R-Tea. “I’m hoping to rein in their power so it will be within the scope of the Constitution as it was intended, and give us more local control so we can decide things for ourselves here as a state and as a community.”
Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the states — 34 states, today — can call for a convention to revise the Constitution. Any amendments produced have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states, or 38 today.
South Dakota is not the only state calling for a balanced budget amendment. Last month, we reported that nearly 100 state lawmakers assembled at George Washington’s home to discuss holding a convention of the states to take back government from federal tyranny. Seventy-four percent of Americans support a balanced budget amendment, one of the main topics of the meeting.
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