Skip to comments.A Constitutional Budget
Posted on 05/08/2017 8:22:56 AM PDT by Sean_Anthony
How much a Constitutional Budget would cost?
During this entire budgeting and continuing resolution process, there are two words that will never be put together. They are constitutional, and budget. Why? Because no one in Washington wants to be restrained by the Constitution when it comes to getting money, spending money, and especially spending money they dont have. Which is why we are some $20 trillion in for the National Debt. But it never had to be this way.
Its one thing to talk about the Constitution. Its quite another to actually live by it. The Supreme Court doesnt. They assumed judicial review, a power they were never supposed to have. Presidents have gotten us into wars that were never declared. And Congress has spent us into a debt from which we may never recover. But if we ever get serious about paying off the National Debt, it can be done. And the simple answer, as in most cases, is to look to the Constitution.
“...Because no one in Washington wants to be restrained by the Constitution when it comes to getting money, spending money, and especially spending money they dont have. ...”
Yep. NO one in DC.
Not Ted Cruz
Not Rand Paul
Not Donald Trump
I could go on several hundred times here, but you get the idea...
The elderly and the poor don’t want small government. Just imagine how bad the old folks would punish any candidate that they think might lower their benefits. Single women vote overwhelming for Democrats as they like big daddy government. Lots of these women will become Republicans when they marry and have husband.
“Grand Total for a Constitutional Budget: $1.029 trillion dollars. Slightly less than a quarter of the $4.268 trillion requested for the FY 2018 Budget listed above. Which means at this time, our federal budget, is about 75% unconstitutional. Think about that the next time you hear any news report or discussion of the Federal Budget, the National Debt, or raising the Debt Ceiling.”
The problem is that a “constitutional budget” can only be paid for in gold or silver and the US has no where near enough of either to cover that tab.
Yet......ruling Constitutionally & balancing the budget,etc. is what they were elected to do. Certain voters aren’t doing their job or this situation need not exist.
I looked at a Constitutional budget several years ago, and I would prefer it over what we have today. I would, however, like to see a transition from the current budget to that responsible budget. The transition should each year cut 1/4 of excess spending beyond the constitutional level (and keep 3/4 of that excess), just to avoid an economic shock, with Congress choosing how to phase out all of their nonsense spending.
In two years, we would be almost halfway there. At the end of four years, we would have cut about 2/3 of the waste. Phase excess taxes out on a delay relative to phasing out excess spending, and pay of the debt before we cut tax rates too much. Then (1) cut tax rates to the rate for a balanced budget, (2) limit the size of government to a fixed percentage of the economy, and (3) limit taxes to revenue collection only with no social engineering or income redistribution goals.
The guy lost me on judicial review being unconstitutional. Anyone who has read the record of the constitutional convention can clearly see that the founders expected the federal and supreme courts to have that power and didn’t deem it necessary to explicitly state it.
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