The preceding Exhibits A through G (Parts 1 through 7 of this series) overwhelmingly establish the laser-focus of the Compact for America approach on advancing and ratifying a specific amendment is four-square what the Founders expected from Article V. Simply put, the Founders clearly meant for the Article V convention's agenda to be set in fine detail by the state legislative application that triggers the convention call, including the amendment to be proposed. With its mult
Why doesn't the Compact for a Balanced Budget's Balanced Budget Amendment have an explicit national emergency exception that Washington can invoke to borrow without limit?
A genuine national emergency exception should not be equated with a“Washington gets to unilaterally suspend the debt limit for self-declared emergencies exception.” Indeed, doing so would be unwise because Washington is addicted to debt. Like any addict, it cannot be trusted with control over its supply.
All of the efforts to originate amendments from the states under Article V organize a convention for proposing amendments, so what is the difference between the Compact for America approach and other Article V efforts? The Compact for America approach is truly “Article V 2.0." It is best suited to advancing constitutional reforms, like a federal Balanced Budget Amendment, which already enjoy supermajority support and which require quick action to remedy the targeted problem.
It's official: Lawrence Reed-the President of the Foundation for Economic Education-has joined the Compact for America Educational Foundation's Board of Directors! Reed has been and will continue to be a member of the Foundation's Council of Scholars. But now he will take on even greater responsibility. He will serve alongside Chairman Thomas C. Patterson (immediate past Chairman of the Goldwater Institute), CPA and investment banker Chip DeMoss, Constitutional scholar, talk
The Morning Jam team hits CFAEF President Nick Dranias with all of the most frequently asked questions about the Compact for a Balanced Budget. #compactforabalancedbudgetevent #frequentlyaskedquestions #balancedbudgetamendmentmerits #articleveducation
Exhibit G - George Washington's Letter to John Armstrong George Washington's statement to his friend John Armstrong clearly indicates that two-thirds of the states (nine at the time) would specify the desired amendments in their Article V application and target the convention agenda accordingly. That's because the only element of the process controlled by two-thirds of the states is the application! If you agree, like and share! #frequentlyaskedquestions #articleveducation #c
Why is that? Simply put, the Constitution as it currently exists has three fatal flaws, which will inexorably lead to tyranny unless they are fixed with a constitutional amendment. The first is the federal government’s unlimited borrowing capacity. This enables unprincipled politicians to promise at no immediate cost anything it takes to get elected. That’s like handing liquor and car keys to a teenager. It guarantees a system crash propelled by mindless spending. The second
Exhibit F-James Madison's Alternative to Nullification This is perhaps the clearest statement by the Founder called by some the father of the Constitution that an Article V application properly organizes an Article V convention to propose a specific amendment. In 1799, Madison defended the legislative declarations of Virginia and Kentucky that the Alien and Sedition Acts were void and unconstitutional. He said they were statements of opinion to which states are entitled. But
Perhaps the most important aspect of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision was his core belief that every American should be represented equally in our system of governance, regardless of race, color or creed. King understood that good intentions were not enough to secure such equality. He understood that the structure of governance itself had to be reformed, and from the bottom-up. The same core value animates the Balanced Budget Amendment, which is advanced by the Compact for a
Inside Track's Emil Franzi and Bruce Ash talk about the Arizona push for the Compact for a Balanced Budget, championed by AZ Rep. JD Mesnard, with CFA President Nick Dranias. Part 1 Part 2 #articleveducation #balancedbudgetamendmentmerits #compactforabalancedbudgetpitch #compactforamericacoreprinciples #nonpartisanbalancedbudgetamendment