Orrin Hatch: I Agree with Tea Party: Time People Reared Up: Balanced Budget Amendment

Republican Utah U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch has recently proposed a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Around election time 2010, there was a lot of conversation that Orrin Hatch might not retain his seat in 2012. Hatch is obviously a fast learner now that the heat of the Tea Party flame is flickering close by. What better way to be a fiscal and deficit hawk. A balanced budget amendment looks good, and would be a blessing to this country. See the text of this astonishingly short, short bill – no more than one page it seems, below.  Speaking of Hatch, his affinity or not, for the Tea Party or they for him, he recently spoke at a question and answer session at Utah State University. Of numerous subjects covered, the most interesting are:

Orrin Hatch

* Hatch supports the Tea Party, saying it is about time we “reared up” in this country.

* Obama is sending our youth “down the river.”

* ObamaCare is a “dumb-ass” program – and “awful piece of crap.”

* Any Republican running against Obama in 2012 is better than what we have now

* If he keeps his senate seat in 2012, he will “take care” of SS, Medicaid and Medicare for the young.

* Speaking of the Defense of Marriage Act:

“If the President of the United States is unwilling to support congressional enactments in his own Justice Department, then that flies in the face of what the Justice Department is supposed to,” Hatch said. “It’s a very weird position to take.”

On that last one, it would have done my heart good had Hatch said something like this: the refusal to uphold U.S. law is unconstitutional. We, the Senate will see to that the law is respected and upheld.

Had Orrin Hatch been defending his senate seat in 2010, he may have lost. Hatch has had his problems with the Tea Parties but the one suspected thorn, the Tea Party Express, has said they will not challenge him in 2012. Co-founder Sal Russo says Orrin Hatch is the original Tea Partier, and specifically that Hatch stood up for Ronald Reagan, against Gerald Ford. That was then.

This is now. RedState cites some real perspective on Hatch and no doubt unnamed others:

Hatch was present and unaccounted for while Progressive Socialists came to dominate the education system in this country. As the teaching of American history was slowly eradicated in our schools and we found our children were being indoctrinated in socialist ideology. As the Democrat Party created its very own taxpayer funded voter manipulation bloc that we fondly know as ACORN today. As Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, under the direction of the Democrat party, took social engineering to a catastrophic level that eventually came to threaten the financial stability of the entire country!

No doubt Hatch is breathing a sigh of relief, but talking as fast as he can, promising as fast as he can – because nothing but pure conservatism is sacred anymore. Follows information on the proposed Balanced Budget amendment:

The downside of SJ (112) 3 is, it will not take affect until the fourth year after ratification, and is now in the Judiciary Committee. Note the 31 sponsors listed in the bill.

Text of Balanced Budget Amendment:



1st Session

S. J. RES. 3

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.


January 26, 2011

Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. MCCAIN, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. LUGAR, Mr. BURR, Ms. SNOWE, Mr. ENSIGN, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr. JOHANNS, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Ms. AYOTTE, Mr. PORTMAN, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. HOEVEN, and Mr. KIRK) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:


‘Section 1. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed total receipts for that fiscal year, unless two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific excess of outlays over receipts by a rollcall vote.

‘Section 2. Total outlays for any fiscal year may not exceed 20 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States for the calendar year ending before the beginning of such fiscal year, unless two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide by law for a specific amount in excess of such 20 percent by a rollcall vote.

‘Section 3. Prior to each fiscal year, the President shall transmit to the Congress a proposed budget for the United States Government for that fiscal year in which total outlays do not exceed total receipts.

‘Section 4. No bill to increase Federal taxes shall become law unless approved by two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress by a rollcall vote.

‘Section 5. The Congress may waive the provisions of this article for any fiscal year in which a declaration of war is in effect. The provisions of this article may be waived for any fiscal year in which the United States is engaged in military conflict which causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security and is so declared by a joint resolution, adopted by a majority of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress, which becomes law.

‘Section 6. The Congress shall enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation, which may rely on estimates of outlays, receipts, and gross domestic product.

‘Section 7. Total receipts shall include all receipts of the United States Government except those derived from borrowing. Total outlays shall include all outlays of the United States Government except for those for repayment of debt principal.

‘Section 8. This article shall take effect beginning with the fourth fiscal year beginning after its ratification.’.


Hot Air has commentary on SJ 112 3, and thanks to them for this video of Hatch talking to “the great one” Mark Levin:

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Mark Levin and Orrin Hatch on Balanced Budget Amendment (video)

Read more about Hatch at Memorandum.

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  • I always felt like Orrin Hatch was middle of the road. Yes he’s been there a long time, but it might not hurt for someone with a little wisdom to be left around to help guide those new ones with all the zeal.

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  • Doomed

    Those who have followed my postings on other blogs and sometimes here know that I am not a libertarian. I consider myself a neoconservative. I agree with far right stuff but tend to live in reality which is more towards the center.

    The GOP is basically more moderate then the libertarian movement and that is causing some big problems.

    A balanced budget will never……EVER happen. He is calling for it to show that he gets it…knowing it will never come about.

    I like Orrin Hatch. He is a good middle of the road moderate in a time when this nation has too many far right and far left kooks in government.

  • How about that? Hatch grew a *set*…