Balanced Budget Amendments (BBA) Gut Our Constitution And Don’t Reduce Spending

By Publius Huldah

Q:  Doesn’t our Constitution already provide for controlling federal spending?
A:  Yes.  It lists the purposes for which Congress may spend money.  Spending is limited by the “enumerated powers” listed in the Constitution:

  • If it’s on the list of powers delegated to Congress or the President, Congress may lawfully appropriate funds for it.  Read the Constitution and highlight the delegated powers – then you will know what Congress may lawfully spend money on.
  • If it’s not listed, Congress may not lawfully spend money on it.

Q: What is the connection between the Oath of office (Art. VI, cl. 3) and federal spending?
A: All federal and State officials take an Oath to support the federal Constitution.  The Constitution lists what Congress may lawfully spend money on.  When people in Congress spend money on objects not listed in the Constitution; and when State officials accept federal funds for objects not listed (race to the top, common core, etc.) they violate their Oath to support the Constitution.

Q:  Are the federal departments of Education, Agriculture, Labor, Energy, Housing & Urban Development, Health & Human Services, DHS, etc., etc., Constitutional?
A:  No!

  • Power over education, agriculture, labor relations, energy, etc., etc., was NOWHERE in the Constitution delegated to the federal government.  Those powers were reserved by the States or the People.
  • DHS – a national police force under the President’s control – is becoming our version of the East German STASI. Yet the States colluded with the feds in nationalizing law enforcement because they wanted the federal funds and military equipment.

Q:  How did we get a national debt of over $17 trillion, plus trillions more in unfunded liabilities?
A:  Congress spent on objects for which it has no constitutional authority, such as teaching Chinese prostitutes how to drink responsibly, bailouts of private businesses, welfare handouts, farming programs, education schemes, and grants paid to States to bribe them into implementing unconstitutional federal programs.  It was the unconstitutional spending which gave us this crushing debt.

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profitup10
7 years ago

The problem is who WE THE PEOPLE ELECTED -- SOME MANY MANY TIMES. Here is a example of what happens when a very good person keeps his election promises.

Why are the pundit and political class attacking Ted Cruz for keeping his election promises?

Keep in mind that Ted Cruz ran on supporting the RULE -- BY -- LAW principles of the Constitution and the LIMITS it places on the Federal Government. He is a real Constitutional Lawyer with 8 or more Supreme Court cases tried by him. So if the Congress attempts to SPEND money outside the limits of Article I section 8 then how is he doing the wrong thing.

It becomes clear that the existing Congress had no intention of honoring their OATH OF OFFICE to uphold and defend the limits of the Constitution and the Rights and Liberties of the States and then the people. No, the elected from each State do not constitute a TRIBUNAL OF TOTAL POWER that has no limits using the Commerce clause and the general welfare clause.

Ted Cruz stood tall and reminded them of the limits of the Constitution and they did not like that one bit. Who is correct the Usurping Congress members or Ted Cruz?

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. – Annals of Congress (1794-01-10) James Madison

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