Unintended Consequence of a BBA: The SCOTUS will Control Taxing and Spending!
Factual reasons against Balanced Budget Amendment and Article V Convention of the States:
Smoke Screen Politics
A lot of you may be asking yourself "Why would anyone be against a Balanced Budget?" Well, I'm not against a balanced budget. But I am against the Balanced Budget Amendment. The reason is that the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution forces the court system to raise taxes, not cut spending. This gives both Democrats and Republicans in Congress someone else to blame for tax increases that they don't have the political will to pass themselves.
The Balanced Budget Amendment will require the Courts to increase taxes when Congress fails to pass a balanced budget.
Here's how it works. As part of the Constitution the Balanced Budget Amendment becomes the responsibility of the Courts, not the Legislature. The Courts have to make sure the budget is balanced. The Courts are the ones who enforce the Constitution. Thus, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress can get in a big fight, blame each other, and make the Courts raise taxes without having to vote for a tax increase themselves. Then they can blame the other party for making it happen. A Balanced Budget Amendment is a way to put automatic tax increases into law. It requires the Judicial branch of government to raise taxes every time Congress can't control spending. The Balanced Budget Amendment sounds good on the surface, but it's a tax increase like no other in history.
Let's get real here. You can't balance the budget by passing a law anymore that you can make the public smarter by passing a law. If they could pass a law to balance the budget, why not pass a law that there's no federal debt? Why not pass a law giving everyone $50,000 cash? Balancing the budget takes smart and tough choices and there is no quick fix solution. It is the job of the Congress and the President to work together and pass a budget that works. That's what we pay them to do. If we pass a Balanced Budget Amendment then what do we need to have a Congress for anyway? It's their job to do the budget and by God with all the money we pay them they better put their nose to the grindstone and do what their paid to do.
You can't get something for nothing. Passing a law isn't going to make the debt go away. The debt is real and it will have to be paid off.
Those who support the Balanced Budget Amendment, both Democrats and Republicans are political cowards. They have no business serving in Congress if they are going to try to pull a stunt like this. It's not like they're ignorant of this either. They've had many meetings where the issue of court ordered tax increases was discussed, so they know what's really happening. Most of those who are for the Balanced Budget Amendment are yellow bellied cowards who don't have the balls to face the voters and tell the truth.
And, to a greater extent, the public are cowards too. We all want a quick fix solution. We want the debt to magically go away. Well people, listen up. The debt is real and you owe it and you're going to have to pay for it. During the 80s Reagan/Bush and the Democratic Congress borrowed and spent $12,000 for every man woman and child in America. Reagan/Bush and the Democratic congress are gone, but the debt is still there and is going to be there for a long time to come.
Now the Republicans are running away trying to stick the courts with the problem and they may have enough cowards on the Democratic side to pass it. If you think the Congress are a bunch of crooks, you haven't seen anything yet. The Judiciary is the sleaziest branch of government and are already organizing a government takeover by lawyers. I don't want to see lawyers and judges get any more power and I damn sure don't want to turn the economy over to these sleaze balls. So I'm fighting the Balanced Budget Amendment and hope to find honest people from all parties to join me who are willing to admit that you don't get something for nothing.
This isn't about party politics. The Democrats would rather tax and spend. The Republicans would rather borrow and spend. They're trying to take the easy way out, easy for them that is. This isn't about doing what's right for America, this is all about posing. This is about trying to look like you're doing the right thing. This is about trying to say the right thing to people who really don't know what you're talking about. But this is a real issue and not a sound bite. The national debt can't be solved in three words. You have to do the work!
If you're borrowing from Social Security you're not really balancing the budget. Borrowing by definition means not balanced.
So, if you're going to have an honest Balanced Budget Amendment, you have to take social security off the table and not let the government borrow from it. Because if the government is borrowing it, it's not really balancing the budget. And if we're going to do it, we should do it for real, right?
Next is the issue of enforcement. It is the duty of the Congress and the President to balance the budget, according to the Constitution. It's not up to the Courts to raise taxes. One solution is to state that if the government runs out of money and the Congress and the President haven't agreed to a new balanced budget, then the court has the authority to order the Congress and the President to be jailed until such time as the complete their duty as required by the Constitution. It could be stated that failing to balance the budget is contempt of court and is punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both.
Here's a good site for those who are truly interested in understanding the details about a Balanced Budget Amendment.