Rep. Salmon, (Congressional District 5) is campaigning in high gear by mailing slick appeals to the rabble to guarantee his reelection.

Apparently, he has bought into the idea that balancing a budget reduces debt. Of course it does not, and he knows this, but has apparently hired a research firm that has surveyed his constituency to identify what hot buttons to press to get him reelected.

Well, we don’t need an amendment to balance the budget because the Constitution already provides for such a balance. If our elected officials voted for only constitutional measures, the budget would automatically come under control. The problem is that (according to the Government Accounting Office) 80 percent of what the federal government spends is unconstitutional, therefore illegal. So a balanced budget amendment would only serve to justify and institutionalize the 80 percent that is patently outlawed to begin with.

The solution is to obey the Constitution; obey it 100 percent of the time.

We can balance our budget if we restrict the federal government to the 20 enumerated powers it is allowed. Let’s restore respect and adherence to the Law of the Land, not tack on additional meaningless wordage that will continue to be ignored.

P.J. O’Malley

Mesa

Reduce fed power reduces deficit

Rep. Salmon, (Congressional District 5) is campaigning in high gear by mailing slick appeals to the rabble to guarantee his reelection.

Apparently, he has bought into the idea that balancing a budget reduces debt. Of course it does not, and he knows this, but has apparently hired a research firm that has surveyed his constituency to identify what hot buttons to press to get him reelected.

Well, we don’t need an amendment to balance the budget because the Constitution already provides for such a balance. If our elected officials voted for only constitutional measures, the budget would automatically come under control. The problem is that (according to the Government Accounting Office) 80 percent of what the federal government spends is unconstitutional, therefore illegal. So a balanced budget amendment would only serve to justify and institutionalize the 80 percent that is patently outlawed to begin with.

The solution is to obey the Constitution; obey it 100 percent of the time.

We can balance our budget if we restrict the federal government to the 20 enumerated powers it is allowed. Let’s restore respect and adherence to the Law of the Land, not tack on additional meaningless wordage that will continue to be ignored.

P.J. O’Malley

Mesa

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