Should Congress Balance the Budget Every Year? I Think Not.

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    Cantor, who backed out of the Biden's budget group has announced that the House is considering a possible new amendment that would require Congress to balance the US budget every year. To that, I say ha.
    In a perfect world, this could really help the economy; however, as our government is too divided and thickheaded to collaborate effectively on matters such as the budget, it would do more harm than good. I doubt, however, that it will even be passed, as Cantor does not have enough teapublicans like him to back up the plan. This proposition is just another attempt to get more people behind the Republican Party by 2012 instead of a real attempt to fix the economy. What we need is a real plan to fix the budget, but with the squabbling House and Senate, that would be impossible.
     
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    Yes they should. And every 4 years, on the new President's first year of his or her term, they should start from zero; none of this "Well, you got 3 billion last year, we'll give you $3.2 B this year"
     
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    Again I call on the fact of how divided our government is. Do you really believe that they could successfully balance the budget every year? I know they had Bush's mess to clean up, but their inability to work together is still a major setback. Entire parties are acting like jealous high school cliques, slandering and gossiping. I really doubt that these people could effectively collaborate every year on such a huge project if they can't even do it now.
     
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    Not only should they balance the budget, they should produce a surplus to pay off this debt.
     
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    Enough of them have learned the wrath of unhappy voters.
    They need to wake the phukk up
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    Cantor is a demagogue. Consider if the Federal Government was required to have a balanced budget, how could it react to an invasion, a massive event such as Japan experienced or a 1918 flu epidemic?
     
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    Therein lies the problem. If you require a balanced budget then it doesn't leave leeway for unforeseen circumstances. And even if you allow a provision to go over budget in cases of unforeseen circumstances, who gets to decide what those circumstances are? The very people who are spending us into oblivion right now. They would convince the american people that every little thing was a life or death situation that required going over budget.

    It's impossible to make our elected officials honest about the budget, they'll find a way around it every time. We just need to start electing more honest people. But since the american people don't care about electing honest people it won't happen anytime soon.
     
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    Just think, under that system GW would've had to have raised taxes for his wars rather than handing out tax cuts that we couldn't afford.
     
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    We need to hold the people we elect accountable. It starts with getting the bribes - oops - campagin donations out of the process. A budget is a plan prepared with the best interests of the company, family or nation in mind.

    Any member of the Congress who accepts funds from any recipient of government largess must report on there web site the name of the recipient, the amount received as well as any promises offered. Anything of value or conflict of interest not reported should be investigated by the ethics committee and the DOJ.
     
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    Citizen United v. FEC is a great threat to our Republic. Unlimited funds are now available to influence our decisions with no legal remedy or sanction for lies, half-truths or inuenndos broadcast by monied interests. That decision alone made our representative republic a plutocracy.
     

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