Lately I’ve become discouraged that Congress will do anything about out-of-control spending. They’re too vested in re-election, pandering to special interest groups, lack any political courage, and are generally becoming weasels when it comes to honesty about the current fiscal situation.
But their honesty now makes me even more cynical.
I don’t necessarily support a balanced budget amendment because I believe that Congress should have flexibility and discretion to raise taxes and control spending based on their decisions, not some arbitrary fence that keeps them from actually doing their jobs. However, I am becoming more and more open to a balanced budget amendment based on the circular, hypocritical discussion going on in Washington about the debt ceiling.
Then comes Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Whip from Maryland (a Democrat in case you were confused). Hoyer said on the House floor last night that if the balanced budget amendment Republicans are supporting is ratified and included in the Constitution it would make it “virtually impossible” to raise taxes. Now we know their true objective – continue raising taxes and getting more and more of the American economy under government control. Hoyer was evidently alluding to the amendment’s requirement that taxes could only be increased with a supermajority vote of Congress when he said the proposal would make it “virtually impossible to raise revenue.”
Well, if the balanced budget amendment does that, maybe I should reconsider.
Until then, it is obvious they are not going to accomplish any real spending cuts in Washington unless and until the spigot of money is turned down.