The publication of Rep. Ken Buck’s Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse than You Think could not be more timely. The campaign for Buck’s recommended corrective — the use of Article V, by the States, to adopt a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) — is at a critical phase.
34 State Resolutions are required in order for Congress to call an Article V Amendment Convention, where the proposed language of a BBA would be drafted before being sent back to the States for ratification by 3/4 of them. For seven years the BBA Task Force has been working in State Capitols to pass such Resolutions, and today has 28 in hand. The remaining target Legislatures — all under complete Republican control — are Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Montana and Idaho. Vigorous campaigns to adopt BBA Resolutions are underway in all of them, and there is a clear path to 34 in 2018.
And it may well be 2018 or never for an Article V BBA. Forces funded to a large part by George Soros and his network of organizations are dead set in opposition. Working with the traditional opponents of Article V — principally the John Birch Society — these groups were able to stop passage of the Article V BBA Resolution in Montana in 2015. They also convinced the Democratic leadership of the Delaware and Maryland Legislatures to rescind BBA Resolutions passed in the 1970’s. Moreover, they were able to elect new Democratic majorities in the Nevada and New Mexico Legislatures in the 2016 election. As a result, New Mexico rescinded its 1970’s BBA Resolution, and a similar rescinding Resolution has passed the Nevada Senate, and awaits action in the House.