Updated: Large majority support balanced budget amendment to Constitution
According to a recent Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll a large majority of the public backs an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced budget. Congressman Denny Rehberg also supports such an amendment, while Senator Tester does not.
65 percent of the public supports the amendment with 27 percent opposed; 8 percent are undecided. 81 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of independents support the amendment. Even a plurality of Democrats, the party that typically resists spending cuts, back the amendment by a 45 percent to 44 percent margin.
Alia Faraj-Johnson, Partner and Executive Vice President of Ron Sachs Communications, the organization that commissioned the poll said this:“Americans are concerned about our nation’s deepening deficit and as a result, an overwhelming number support a balanced budget amendment”
Congressman Dennis Rehberg and Senator Jon Tester could not differentiate themselves more than they have in the last month, over the issue of mandating the federal government balance their budget.
Congressman Rehberg finds a balanced budget amendment one of the most important actions that congress could take, and proposed it as his first action of business at the start of the year. Rehberg quotes that such congressional action is the “quickest and easiest way to balance the budget”. Rehberg further notes that the Montana Legislature is constitutionally mandated to balance their budget. So why is the federal government unable to?
Being a student in college, the issue of balancing the Federal budget is a priority for me to ask of Congress. The national debt surpassed $14, 000,000,000,000,00.00 this year with no sight of slowing down anytime soon. When I graduate, I will not only have a bill to the University, but also $120,000 in taxes to reign in the debt.
Unfortunately, the Senate failed the resolution. Fifty-eight senators voted for Rehberg’s resolution, while 40 voted no and two didn’t vote. Democratic Senator Jon Tester voted no. Out of the 10 Democrats supporting the resolution, seven of them were up for re-election in 2012 and understand the demands by the voters to tighten up the spending bill, as proven in November 2010. Tester did not quite get the memo.
What is more unfortunate than Tester not listening to the people of Montana is his poor attempt at making excuses for it, “Of course Jon supports a balanced budget” a Tester spokesman said, but does not want to vote for something “nonbinding”.
For example, if a person wants to lose weight that too would be “non binding”. At any point a person can walk to the local convenience store and purchase doughnuts and not be punished. If you set a diet, it shows your own personal “binding” to lose weight. Jon Tester would just tell you to not even try, its not “binding.”
Further, if you want to lose weight, a gym partner is proven to be more effective because you can work off of the energy of each other. For each member of congress to commit to a “non binding” resolution to hold each other fiscally responsible will “bind” congressional members to be accountable to themselves, each other, constituents, and the protection of our country.
I do not want someone that leads without goals and is afraid to try something positive without punishment.Look at your democratic friends up for election next time Jon, maybe you will not continue to make the same mistakes.