Democrats for Balanced Budget: 20 Dem Senators for Balanced Budget Video: Mike Lee on “Power” and Balanced Budget Amendment

This week Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) told Greta Van Susteren passing Cut, Cap and Balance in the Senate might be possible because twenty Democrats campaigned on a balanced budget. When you see who those Senators are, you know it’s Words…just words! Videos below – see the second for a good discussion of a balanced budget amendment, with Senator Mike Lee explaining that a balanced budget amendment reduces power in Washington, D.C.

Some of those Democrats claiming a balanced budget as their stand: Schumer (NY), Gillenbrand (NY), Feinstein (CA), Reid (NV), Durbin (IL), Harkin (IA), Conrad (ND), Manchin (WV), Steny Hoyer (MD) and Bill Nelson (FL). Words…just words!

The latest word this morning is that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) may not bring Cut, Cap and Balance up for vote, as he has said the legislation is a waste of time. Bill Hemmer is asking Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) why a balanced budget amendment is a waste of time when 72% of Americans want it? The answer, of course, is that Reid doesn’t want Democrat names to appear defeating the plan. The other possibility is, as DeMint said this week, that Democrats in the Senate may filibuster. Coons is saying he doesn’t want to waste time on legislation that has no chance of passing (although he seems to be for a balanced budget amendment), and he wants Democrats to put a reasonable plan on the table. Wouldn’t that be novel?

Here’s a quote explaining exactly why Democrats want nothing to do with a balanced budge amendment, and are willing to lie about it:

Mike Lee

Why? “Because a balanced budget amendment would make politicians less powerful,” he said. “It would make Congress as an institution less powerful. Anytime an institution has access to an unlimited pool of money, especially if it is a lawmaking institution like Congress, it will be made more power as a result of that.

“We need the balanced budget amendment to save the American people from this power,” Lee added. “Every time we expand the power of the federal government we run the risk of interfering with the individual liberty of Americans.”

But America’s president says we don’t need a balanced budget amendment.

“We don’t need a constitutional amendment to do our jobs,” Obama told reporters at his Friday news conference. “The Constitution already tells us to do our jobs — and to make sure that the government is living within its means and making responsible choices.”


Democrat Senators for a Balanced Budget (video)

Senator Mike Lee on Power in Washington, D.C. (video)

H/T SpyNews


  • Kara M.

    Excellent analysis of what is really happening. Thank you for bringing it to light. I hope that these 20 senators who campaigned on the premise that they were for a balanced budget ammendment can explain their voting record today to their constituents and in return their constituents can give them a pink slip!

    • Kara, thank you for stopping by and reading. I appreciate your kind comment. Today, they are trying to have tax triggers if the Super Congress cannot agree. It’s maddening and mindboggling.

  • Welldone, Maggie. As Sen. Lee said, at this point there is only one plan on the tabe. The Democrats are shameless.

  • Bob Hlavaty

    ‘m a conservative 73 year old who has voted with the Dems for quite a few years, but does not buy in to all the extras in social expenditures and monies to fight 2 undeclared wars.

    I also did not buy into the easy mortgage money and Mortgage derivative fiasco that Wall Street with the blessings of our government dumped on us.

    We the public are paying for the Debt now and as it looks for years to come for many generations. I care!

    We need the Balanced budget, but I understand that we need enough revenue
    to support it, which means EVERYONE has to SHARE and SACRIFICE.

    There are no free meals!

    I am also emailing my senators and rep.
    in NY.

    Thank you for you attention to this


  • Bob Hlavaty, thanks for that good comment. We need everyone to pay something in taxes, not matter how small. Everyone should be vested in this country. If the poor can afford a cell phone, a TV, an auto, to smoke and drink, they should pay something in taxes. When a person is vested in something, they usually care more about it. No free meals. I agree. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.