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The Official Truth Before Dishonor Balanced Budget Amendment Proposal

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/09/11


Within five years of ratification of this Amendment to the US Constitution, the Federal Budget shall be balanced, and shall remain in Balance thereafter, using the same Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) mandated by the Federal Government for all Corporations. The Federal Budget Deficit must maintain an incremental and substantial annual reduction during the four years leading to Balance in the fifth year or prior.

Any and all new taxes must be approved by three fifths of each Branch of Congress and signed by the President in order for passage. Any and all tax increases must be approved by three fifths of each Branch of Congress and signed by the President in order for passage. If the President vetoes any Bill containing new or increased taxes, it shall be returned to Congress whereupon each Branch of Congress must pass such Bill by two thirds vote to override the President’s veto. If the President does not sign or veto a Bill containing new or increased taxes within ten days, it shall be deemed vetoed and each House of Congress must pass such Bill by two thirds vote to override the President’s veto.

In the event the Federal Budget is not in Balance, all salaries and expenses of all Federally elected officials and their staffs shall be zero until such a time as the Federal Budget is in Balance. All Federal non-military Government officials shall have their salaries reduced to zero until such a time as the Federal Budget is in Balance.

In the event Congress does not pass a Federal Budget by April 15 of each year, no other Legislation shall be discussed or passed until the Federal Budget is passed. Any and all Legislation passed during the time following April 15 and preceding the passage of the Federal Budget shall be deemed null and void.

2 Responses to “The Official Truth Before Dishonor Balanced Budget Amendment Proposal”

  1. You’ll see I took the Democrat shenanigans into account, where they violated the US Constitution and Federal Law in refusing, these 1100 or so days, to even attempt to pass a Budget. I also tried to take into account other tricks of the trade in providing falsely balanced budgets. And I tried to take into account the fact the Federal Government uses dishonest accounting practices that would put any Corporate Board of Directors into prison for a very long time if they used them.

    Unlike most (all other?) amendments, this proposal has actual teeth that don’t need a Court to decide upon.

    Do you like the proposal? Do you dislike it? Any suggestions to improve it?

    I’ll go first.
    The proposed Amendment is too verbose, especially in comparison to the other Amendments. I would like to accomplish the same non-vague absoluteness and teeth with fewer words.

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  2. Dana Pico said

    Other than the April 15th provision, I like it. April 15th seems a bit early in the cycle for me, especially considering tat a new Congress is seated every second year on January 3rd.

    A budget is just a blueprint, which has no real teeth. The teeth are the actual federal appropriations bills, which may or may not follow the outlines specified in the budget.

    All of the previous balanced budget proposals I have seen contained an exception for war or national emergency. Some of them specified that any wartime exceptions applied only if there was an actual congressional declaration of war.

    Finally, I have to wonder about just how a budget can be declared balanced? If Congress assumes that there will be $3 trillion in revenues, and appropriates $3 trillion, the budget is balanced. But if revenues fail to match the projections, then there is an actual deficit.

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