Blog Post November 2011

“Broad Coalition” Backs Balanced Budget Amendment #4Jobs

Fiscal Responsibility

Tomorrow the House will vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment, a long-needed reform that will enshrine into law what every family across America practices – the principle that you shouldn’t spend more money than you take in.

Luke Frans, the executive director of Resurgent Republic, catalogued the broad support that a Balanced Budget has in an op-ed published in the Daily Caller

Voters believe Washington needs to stop spending money it doesn’t have, and their frustration doesn’t end there. According to Resurgent Republic’s most recent survey, voters say the economy (61 percent) and the federal government’s finances (67 percent) have gotten worse on President Obama’s watch. Overall, 70 percent of voters say the country is on the wrong track, including 77 percent of Independents.

“Voters are looking for solutions that are as broad sweeping, or more so, as Washington’s systemic problems. In other words, the electorate desires a remedy beyond curtailing government cuff links and swag, and that is one reason why they believe passing a balanced budget amendment is a good idea. It’s a serious reform that strengthens the economy and reins in reckless spending and debt....

Fifty-seven percent of voters agree that a balanced budget amendment is a good idea because it is ‘the only way we will restore fiscal responsibility, create jobs, and stop spending money we don’t have,’ compared to 36 percent who think it is a bad idea because ‘the federal budget is not like a family budget, and we need the flexibility to respond to economic needs and emergencies,’ according to Resurgent Republic’s September survey.

“Independent voters look more like Republicans on this issue, as nearly 6 in 10 say a balanced budget amendment is a good idea. When looking at those who strongly agree or disagree, Independents favor the measure by 20 points (37 to 17 percent). On the other side of the aisle, and outside the mainstream, 53 percent of Democrats support the status quo. It is telling, however, that support for a balanced budget amendment among Democrats reaches 39 percent.

“If congressional Democrats vote in near-unanimous fashion against a balanced budget amendment this week, they will cut against the grain of a sizable portion of their base. Unlike health care reform, congressional Democrats can pass this legislation because voters — including many in their political base — know and support what’s in it. Then again, this would not be the first time former Speaker Pelosi led her caucus astray.

“Mr. Obama is not immune to voter ire either. A balanced budget amendment holds support among critically important 2012 subgroups: female voters (54 to 36 percent), voters age 18 to 34 (56 to 36 percent), and union households (56 to 37 percent). Non-urban voters — the target audience of Mr. Obama’s taxpayer-funded bus tours — support a balanced budget amendment by 61 to 33 percent…”

Washington Democrats should heed the advice of the People, and support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution when it comes up for a vote tomorrow.