Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pawlenty calls for balanced budget amendment

Minnesota Governor Tom Pawlenty, a Republican presidential contender for 2012, is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring Congress to pass and the president to sign a balanced budget.  (Link to Wall Street Journal article here.)  As quoted by the Journal, Pawlenty said - correctly - that "government spending in the country and in many states is progressing at an unsustainable, irresponsible and reckless pace . . . the bathtub is overflowing onto the floor and the first thing we need to do is shut off the faucet."

How true.  A balanced budget amendment should be something the GOP rallies behind in 2010 and 2012, no matter who becomes the party's standard-bearer.

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