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:
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)