Apparently the Blue Dog Democrats aren’t finished pissing all over our economy just yet:
One of the big victories by tea-party Republicans in the debt-ceiling measure signed into law Tuesday was securing a requirement that Congress vote later this year on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
The measure would need a two-thirds vote in each chamber, and then ratification by 38 states, to succeed. And most observers believe passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate is all but impossible.
Enter Sen. Mark Udall, the centrist Democrat from Colorado, who has introduced an amendment proposal and said Tuesday that Democratic leaders have chosen his legislation to be considered in the fall.
President Obama and other senior Democrats have opposed any balanced-budget amendment, but the idea is popular with many voters – particularly independents, who are growing more fiscally conservative.
Both measures would require that the president submit and Congress pass balanced budgets. And both provide for exemptions in wartime.
I guess it wasn’t enough to help kill meaningful health care reform so now the blue dogs are going to toss around a balanced budget amendment. Even John McCain said that was a stupid move. What is the point of being a Democrat anymore? Seriously.
Never mind a balanced budget amendment has never ever succeeded and it’s just a political ploy to appeal to the Grover Norquist fanboys. But hey, our elected officials aren’t there to lead and come up with constructive solutions to the nation’s problems. No, they are there to posture and try to appeal to the mythological “fiscally conservative independents” that the media keeps blathering on about. Kind of like the media kept hyping up the Debt Ceiling Catastrophe despite the fact that every single poll showed most Americans cared more about creating jobs than dealing with the national debt. And that’s because cutting the national debt doesn’t put food on the table, make it easier to refinance a mortgage or build bridges. But of course, the media elites don’t “get” that because they have a job which earns them millions of dollars a year, so who really cares about some Joe Schmo carpenter in East Suckerville that has nothing to build because no one’s spending money, no one is investing in infrastructure and the housing market is in the crapper?
So, balanced budget amendment it is! Go Democrats!