The more I see of the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan being ballyhooed by the Conservative Republicans the more it seems like little more than “smoke and mirrors” designed to hide from the American people the responsibilities of the Republican House of Representatives. It may succeed in making it appear that the Democrat Senate and the White House are responsible for our current mess, and since it has such a strong populist appeal, it may even become law. It cannot solve our problems however, and it plays on the lack of awareness by the American people as to how we got to where we are and who alone has the power to get us out.
We have a $14.5 trillion dollar debt only because of the unconstitutional spending of prior Congresses; mostly Democrats, often aided and abetted by “moderate” Republicans and RINO’s. Presidents are the titular heads of their respective party and Congresses of the same party try to follow his leadership and pass the legislation he asks for. There is no sound reason for doing so however, if his proposed legislation is unconstitutional. The willingness of Congress members to follow the wishes of their Party Bosses rather than the dictates of the Constitution is the only reason our country is in the fiscal shape it is.
Cut, Cap and Balance will not solve that problem, especially if the Cut and Balance is scheduled for future “out-years” and not NOW. Every new Congress starts with a new slate. They can pass any legislation or appropriate any funds they wish. The only constraints on them are those found in the Constitution which they ignore anyway. There is no reason to think future Congresses would honor the requirements of a CCB Amendment any more than they have honored Article I or Amendment 10 in the past. The only thing a Congress critter fears is losing his or her cushy position and the power that goes with it. There is only one way to turn the country around and it is questionable if enough members of Congress have the stomach for it.
The first step is to rein in spending, and the method for doing it is not complicated. Do not appropriate the funds for any NEW unconstitutional expenditure. The Executive Branch can only spend funds appropriated by Congress and for the purposes designated in the appropriations bill. (Constitution 101) The second step is to gradually de-fund the existing unconstitutional programs created by prior Congresses. While we are at it we also need to de-fund much of the bloated Executive Branch budget, particularly the unconstitutional bureaucracies created by Congresses determined to avoid voter censorship while implementing the socialist agenda through bureaucratic “rulemaking” in violation of the first clause in the Constitution. (Article I, Section 1, clause 1)
These reforms can only be undertaken by the House of Representatives which the Constitution gives sole responsibility over the national treasury. (Articles I, Sections 1, 7, 8 and 9). Voters also have an important role to play in any reforms we make. Watch your elected representatives carefully, those who support any appropriation bills authorizing unconstitutional expenditures or programs should be voted against in the next election, whether they wear the label of conservative, Republican, moderate, fiscal conservative, or are just plain RINOs. Allowing them to continue in office only makes our task more difficult.