Looking at Article 5

My wife worked, what seemed to be hours, balancing our family checkbook. Her idea of done is “to-the-penny,” not just “close enough.” We have watched our federal deficit exceed $17 trillion, an absurd amount that our grandchildren will be forced to bear to ensure entitlements are plentiful and freeloaders continue to multiply.

Have you heard this chatter about the call for an Article 5 Convention (Constitutional Convention) for a balanced budget amendment? The last one was held in Philadelphia in 1787 due to problems the 13 original states had with the Articles of Confederation that rendered it unfixable ... and poof … out came a brand new US Constitution.

The Article 5 rules are as follows: Congress must call for an amendment-proposing convention on the application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the States (34 State legislatures). Should three-quarters of the State legislatures agree then the legislation will become an Amendment to the Constitution. (This has not been done since 1787, but the threat of such a convention prompted the legislation of the 17th, 21st, 22nd, and 25th Amendments.) There are currently 22 state participants and there has already been a meeting in December 2013, where nearly 100 legislators from 32 states met at Mount Vernon for four hours. These same legislators agreed to meet again in the spring of 2014.

With single digit approval ratings for Congress and an 85 percent approval for a balance budget amendment, it is apparent Washington is beyond dysfunctional and the states should take the lead.

May 20 is your chance to vote out all incumbents (I don’t care if they seem like the only ones in Washington that’s doing anything …that’s a smoke screen) and elect some fresh faces.

Too bad my wife is not balancing their books … where the only entitlements would be the same as in our household: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

W.J. Butcher

Newnan, GA

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