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.