If the constitution itself hasn’t stopped the federal government from
- unconstitutionally engaging in wars,
- unconstitutionally prohibiting the trade and use of food, plants, and drugs,
- unconstitutionally creating tender not of gold or silver,
- unconstitutionally limiting speech in various forms and in various areas,
- unconstitutionally forcing citizens to engage in market activity,
- unconstitutionally setting national educational standards,
- unconstitutionally lining the pockets of corporations, unions, and cronies,
- unconstitutionally violating rights of due process,
- unconstitutionally spying on its own citizens,
then how will a “balanced budget” amendment not simply be something else to ignore?
It seems this will merely serve to quell the only true check on runaway government abuse of power: the ire of the public.
Further, if the government sets the budget and comes up with different ways to fleece us to pay for it, how much restrain can there be for them to simply balance it? True reform comes in real cuts - in budgets, departments, laws, taxes, fees, regulations, and personell until the entire apparatus exists in a way that instigates force on not a single peaceful individual.
In other words, we need to slash budgets on our way to smashing the state.