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The posturing continues in Washington:

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Just made a historic vote for the good people of MO-4: voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution! Must get 2/3. 6 hours ago

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Final vote-261 to 165. 29 votes short of 2/3. A sad day. Mostly democrats blocked an opportunity to force Washington to live within means. 5 hours ago

Means? Really? And dubya’s tax windfall for millionaires and billionaires has nothing to do with that?

The resolution failed, it needed two thirds of the House:

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 858

     H J RES 2      2/3 YEA-AND-NAY      18-Nov-2011      1:58 PM

     QUESTION:  On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

     BILL TITLE: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States

—- YEAS    261 —

Akin

Emerson

Graves (MO)

Hartzler

Long

Luetkemeyer

—- NAYS    165 —



Carnahan

Clay

Cleaver

The concept doesn’t get rave reviews from certain circles:

Dopiest Constitutional Amendment of All Time?

31 Mar 2011

Posted by Bruce Bartlett

….In short, this is quite possibly the stupidest constitutional amendment I think I have ever seen. It looks like it was drafted by a couple of interns on the back of a napkin. Every senator cosponsoring this POS should be ashamed of themselves….

[emphasis added]

Bartlett‘s work is informed by many years in government, including service on the staffs of Congressmen Ron Paul and Jack Kemp and Senator Roger Jepsen; as staff director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress; senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House; and deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department during the George H.W. Bush administration….

[emphasis added]

Fancy that.