Nation: Turtle Politics

Slowing the budget balancers

We've got a message and we want to send it." So proclaimed Republican Eugene Lamkin, majority leader of the Indiana house of representatives, last week as his colleagues voted to join the legislatures of 28 other states in calling for a constitutional convention to adopt an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. With the approval of only five more states, Congress may be forced to convene what would be the first constitutional convention since the Founding Fathers met in 1787.

Lamkin's message has clearly been received by Washington. Both Congress...

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