Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The push for a U.S. constitutional convention is nearing finish line

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 8:02 AM

If you haven't been paying attention, the New York Times updates today the push by conservative interests to call a U.S. constitutional convention with the primary purpose of putting a balanced budget requirement in the foundation document.

Twenty-eight states, including Arkansas, have passed resolutions calling for such a convention. Given Republican control of remaining legislatures, the prediction is that the 34 states necessary to call a convention will soon be lined up. Inevitably, there will be legal questions about this process, beginning with differences in the resolutions approved by the various states.


* The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (a creation of the Kochs and others) is driving this train.

* A balanced budget, appealing though it might sound, is fraught with complications. 

* A constitutional convention couldn't be limited to a single topic. It could rapidly spin out of control into untold mischief. Why not a national church, one legal scholar remarks?

Anyway. Consider this fair warning.

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