The One Constitutional Provision Jefferson WantedSubmitted by d4chin on Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:58
Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1798, “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.”
In essence, the one Constitutional provision that Thomas Jefferson wanted and never saw come to fruition was a balanced budget amendment.
Thomas Jefferson also said, "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution"
These realities have made me reconsider my position on a balanced budget amendment, and I have taken the position as Legislative Coordinator for Compact for America.
We are currently working with States to ratify a BBA into our Constitution in way that would accomplish what Jefferson wanted to accomplish, and reign in our federal government by limiting their power to spend by giving it back to the States.
This can be accomplished by following Article V of our Constitution; a provision handed down to us by our founders.
I know many people are against the idea of a BBA, but as proponents of the Constitution... we must understand that these provisions we given to us for very good reason, and we must do exactly as Thomas Jefferson said...
Bind these men down by the chains of the Constitution.