Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle says a proposed balanced budget amendment to the Constitution would do nothing to solve our pressing fiscal problems.
"In fact, it could make them even worse," Daschle writes in The Wall Street Journal. "Tying the hands of lawmakers by restricting their ability to respond to changing economic conditions would be a disaster."
The Constitution, notes Daschle, granted Congress the power to exercise taxing and spending authority to promote the general welfare, and tying lawmakers’ hands by limiting their ability to respond to changing economic conditions could well prove disastrous.
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“It would be an unprecedented abdication of that authority to simply put our nation's fiscal policy on autopilot now, with no deference given to the judgment of future leaders elected to carry out that fundamental constitutional mandate," says Daschle.
“The Constitution envisions that questions of national priorities — how to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare — are fundamentally questions for the elected branches of government,” Daschle says. “Under a balanced budget amendment, these fundamentally political debates would be settled by the Supreme Court.”
“Delegating tax and budgetary powers to the unelected judiciary would be a profound and unnecessary change to our system of government.”
Almost two-thirds of Americans support a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, according to a new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll.
The survey found that 65 percent support such a move, while 27 oppose it and 8 percent are unsure, according to The Daily Caller, which says it obtained the results exclusively.
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