Argument: Politicians can't make hard choices; BBA necessary
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- Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution - pro argument.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “The time has come for a balanced budget amendment that forces Washington to balance its books. If these debt negotiations have convinced us of anything, it’s that we can’t leave it to politicians in Washington to make the difficult decisions that they need to get our fiscal house in order. The balanced budget amendment will do that for them. Now is the moment. No more games. No more gimmicks. The Constitution must be amended to keep the government in check. We’ve tried persuasion. We’ve tried negotiations. We’re tried elections. Nothing has worked."
Edward Glaeser. Balanced Budget Suddenly Looks More Appealing." Bloomberg. Aug 1st, 2011: "It would be far better if we could just count on Congress to live within its means, but the fiscal experience of the last decade has made such optimism untenable."