Words from the founding fathers

Words from the founding fathers

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 9:59 am
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist

“But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.” – Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

Well we’ve shot Jefferson’s idea out of the water with the debt limit approaching $14.3 trillion.  So what does the president and some in Congress want to do – raise the national debt ceiling.  

It’s already above the clouds now. One of President Obama’s economic advisers tried to spin in like this: the sky would fall unless we keep borrowing.  Are you kidding? 

This is why we are in the sky to begin with, and will soon be falling out of the sky in a free-fall.

 It’s time “we the people” take things into our own hands again. I’m beginning to think that we should start voting on every issue instead of letting these clowns in Washington vote for us. 

Since that’s not going to happen, we’ve got to let our voices be heard loud and clear. Hopefully they all know that we will hold them accountable for their votes when we vote in the next election.  

Here’s what you can do:  

1. Go to http://stopthedebtpledge.com and sign the pledge.  When you go to this site you will see these words: “I hereby pledge to support only those candidates who demand that Congress stop the debt and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.”  

2. Call members of the Senate and House and tell them to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.

I learned the following from an email from Senator Jim Demint concerning a Balanced Budget Amendment, there’s no doubt it can pass the House. 

With the 47 Republicans in the Senate and 23 Democrats up for re-election, it is likely we could get the 68 votes needed for the Balanced Budget Amendment in the Senate.  Forty-nine states currently have requirements to balance their state budgets.  Don’t you think Congress should do the same with the federal budget?  

A Balanced Budget Amendment would require Congress to balance the federal budget each year, prevent Congress from spending more than 20 percent of GDP, and require a 2/3 super-majority vote to raise taxes. 

Contact your member today and tell them to vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment.  If they’re already planning on voting for it, tell them thanks.

• Rep. Stephen Fincher: Washington Office – 202-225-4714; Jackson Office – 731-423-4848

• Sen. Lamar Alexander: Washington Office – 202-224-4944

• Sen. Bob Corker:

Washington Office – 202-224-3344

Send me your comments by email to foundingwords@yahoo.com.

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