The Political Interest: The Hypocrite's Oath

The Hypocrite's Oath

THERE ARE JUST TWO SPECIFIC PROPOSALS THAT THREE-QUARTERS OF THE PUBLIC want passed by Congress: a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget and another limiting members' terms.

The balanced-budget amendment (or BBA, as it's called) is a promise masquerading as a policy, so naturally its chances are bright. It pledges fiscal discipline, but only tomorrow -- which in the world of the federal budget never comes. Passing this "do-nothing amendment," says Republican Senator Nancy Kassebaum, "will let us proclaim victory, vent built-up public pressure and withdraw once again from the fight for a balanced budget." For even if it passes, as...

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