Avoiding Damage to the Biggest Economy on Earth: the belated compromise and the shaky future?
The lawmaking process is arduous and the issue of balanced budget while laudable does not take priority over many other more pressing issues. How about a constitutional amendment to ensure that women have control over their bodies; or, rights to abortion; or better still, how about a constitutional amendment to guarantee that all Americans who want a job, get one? These are the type of issues or questions that are synonymous with the demand for a constitutional amendment for a balanced federal budget, emanating from the fringe group in the Republican Party. If congress accedes to the demand or request for a constitutional amendment for a balanced federal budget, what would be next: a constitutional amendment to allow big banks or automobile manufacturers to be bailed out, when they under-perform? This is why this demand of the Tea Party members are ludicrous; and why many people are considering this demand as being out of torch with the reality of federal governance. There must remain the opportunity for the federal government to borrow to meet infrastructure development and national security, like building roads, airports, dams, bridges and military reparations from foreign wars if we are to have a viable and growing economy. Taking that opportunity away from the federal government under the disguise of fiscal responsibility as advocated by Tea Party members, is tantamount to governance irresponsibility. State governments may be similar to federal government; however, their capacity to function are dissimilar and to go on advocating that thirty or more states have constitutional amendments to balance their budget, and so the federal government must have a similar provision, is showing ignorance of what federalism entails.