Balancing the budget in one difficult step

Our national hue and cry about balancing the federal budget is nothing new. Balanced-budget-amendment proposals emerge, cicada-like, about every 13 years. After 15 minutes of fame, they typically go underground again.  The prospect of amending the Constitution usually brings us around to one of the great immutable laws of Washington, D.C.: For every politician, there’s an equal and opposite politician. Or, more precisely, for every balanced-budget-amendment hawk, there’s a hand-wringer cautioning against tying Congress’s hands in times of war or other calamity.  Maybe there’s another way to go about this.  Read more at



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