The U.S. Debt Clock shows the constant accumulation of how many federal dollars are owed to creditors.
The U.S. Debt Clock shows the constant accumulation of how many federal dollars are owed to creditors.

     “Power to the people.”

     The slogan from the ’60s is gaining currency again as efforts are afoot to amend the U.S. Constitution.

    Conservatives, in particular, believe the time has come to enforce a discipline on Washington lawmakers they have neither the moral fortitude nor political conviction to impose on themselves.

    A balanced budget.

     Those who believe this country is spending away its children’s future to the tune of $20 trillion and rising are calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require the United States to spend no more money than it raises.   

     ... members of Congress have no fiscal restraint; no one gets reelected for saying “no” to an expenditure that might benefit his or her state, as long as professional self-preservation remains lawmakers’ guiding principle ...

     President Trump, who refuses to consider reforming entitlements that account for 60 percent of U.S. spending, submitted a budget last month that calls for a 10 percent, $54 billion increase to a defense department that 18 months ago he said was rife with “waste, fraud and abuse.”

     “We can do it for a lot less,” Trump said of cutting military spending in an October 2015 “Meet the Press” interview. ...

     Democrats won’t approve Trump’s plan without seeking “parity” by asking for concomitant domestic spending increases. This historically is what happens in D.C. Republicans seek more guns; Democrats want more butter. Every one wins.

     Except the American people. ...
 
                                                    — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the April 13, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.