Heritage Foundation Engages Article V -But What About the Six Founder Quotes?
In a very neutral piece covering the Article V movement generally, the Heritage Foundation's John Malcolm recently spotlighted the Balanced Budget Compact effort! You can read it here. Overall, the policy brief is carefully crafted to please and offend no one. It is a view of the state-initiated constitutional amendment movement from "Olympus." Significantly, to maintain that vantage point, Heritage offers no discussion of the Six Founder Quotes, discussed below, that unequiv
Compact for America Made Easy
Claims have been made that the Compact for America approach to Article V is more “complicated” than other approaches. Actually, it is not. It requires far fewer legislative steps and stages than any other approach to Article V. And it is very easy to explain. To prove the point, we’ve just published “Article V 2.0" in a Nutshell: The Balanced Budget Compact. In a mere SIX pages, we give you a complete understanding of the Balanced Budget Compact, which is the first launch of
It's Time to Stop Overthinking Article V
It is a good thing that more and more constitutional scholars have opinions about the Article V "Convention of States." But many have developed incredibly complicated legal theories as to why states or their legislatures or Congress do (or do not) control the proposal of amendments by convention. Folks are hung up on whether the 10th Amendment applies, whether state governments have a role in directing the process, whether Congress has a call power or duty, whether state legi
What's the Price Tag of Article V?
Everything government does has a price tag. Organizing a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution is no different. Shouldn't taxpayers and policy makers know what that price tag is? We think so. That's why we just published Compact for America Educational Foundation Policy Brief No. 6, "Estimating the Cost of an Article V Convention." After an exhaustive study of fifteen state constitutional conventions held during the 1960s and 70s, we have concluded tha