Plausibility Defined: The Compact for a Balanced Budget
History shows the plausibility of surmounting the thresholds needed for the Compact approach to generate a limited government constitutional amendment.
Here is a list of compacts that have secured 38+ states:
“Agreement on Detainers” (National Center for Interstate Compacts, 2011);
“Compact on Mental Health” (National Center for Interstate Compacts, 2011);
“Compact on Placement of Children” (National Center for Interstate Compacts, 2011);
“Driver License Compact” (National Center for Interstate Compacts, 2011);
“Emergency Management Assistance Compact” (National Center for Interstate Compacts, 2011);
“Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision” (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011);
“Interstate Corrections Compact” (National Center for Interstate Compacts, 2011);
“2010- 2015 NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Signees” (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, Sept. 5, 2013).
Here is a list of uniform laws that have been adopted in 38+ states:
Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act;
Anatomical Gift Act;
Athletes Agents Act;
Attendance of Out of State Witnesses Act;
Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act;
Electronic Transactions Act;
Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act;
Voidable Transactions Act;
Principal and Income Act;
Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act'
TOD Security Registration Act;
Trade Secrets Act;
Transfers to Minors Act;
UCC Article 1;
UCC Article 2A;
UCC Article 3;
UCC Article 4;
UCC Article 5;
UCC Article 6;
UCC Article 7;
UCC Article 8;
UCC Article 9 amendments;
UCC Article 9.
As shown above, you can see that persuading thirty-eight (38) states to join an interstate compact or to adopt uniform legislation has been done before. Simple majorities of Congress have repeatedly voted in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment proposal on the floor (only failing to reach the two-thirds threshold required for a Congressionally-proposed amendment). By contrast, so far, we have been waiting two hundred and twenty-five (225) years for the legacy approach to Article V to result in a convention, much less a ratified amendment.
If the goal is to maximize the chances of a federal Balanced Budget Amendment in the shortest period of time, the Compact for a Balanced Budget-warrants your support.