As Ken Blackwell wrote in the Daily Caller, he, along with conservative Senator-elect Mike Lee of Utah have launched a new campaign, Balanced Budget Amendment Now. With President Barack Obama hellbent on adding to our massive deficits and stealing from future generations of Americans, voters elected many fiscal conservatives into congress, and now it's time to take action:
You have heard all of the clichés: "talk is cheap" or they "talk the talk, but don't walk the walk." Unfortunately, the first describes the lip service many in Congress give to a Balanced Budget Amendment. They claim to support fiscal discipline but refuse to change their big spending ways. The latter refers to many non-profit groups who support a Balanced Budget Amendment, yet have not aggressively demanded action or held Members of Congress individually accountable for inaction.
We are different, we are solely focused on passing a BBA now, we will not compromise our sole mission for some other legislative agenda priority. We want results now and will push for them now. We are going to run a 50 state media and grassroots campaign that forces Congress to vote on October 1, 2011 for a Balanced Budget Amendment. Those who vote against it will be singled out and removed in 2012. No excuses, no “special passes” and absolutely no compromises.
Balanced Budget Amendment Now will:
- Gather 5,000 – 10,000 signatures and postcards from registered voters in every Congressional District. Postcards and signatures will be sent to the targeted members of Congress and U.S. Senators.
- Starting in April 2011, we will post on www.balancedbudgetamendmentnow.com a list of Congress Members and U.S. Senators who have signed our pledge to vote for the Balanced Budget Amendment on October 1, 2011. For those who have not signed, we will double and triple our efforts to inform their voting public of their irresponsible behavior.
- Work with Congress to start a Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus in November 2010. Congress has caucuses for Arts, Community College, Internet, Travel & tourism, et al, but we don't have one for a Balanced Budget Amendment.
We are seeking results by passing a Balanced Budget Amendment in the 112 Congress. It is time to protect our nation from enslavement by foreign bondholders and provide our children and grandchildren with an opportunistic society that can allow them to pursue the American Dream. No other legislation is more important than passing a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Blackwell, who is on the board of directors of the Club for Growth, is pleased to report that Club-approved fiscal conservatives Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia may run the appropriations committee:
Fiscal conservatives like Reps. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tom Graves (R-G.A.) are gaining momentum within the Republican caucus as exactly the type of principled leaders needed to bring fiscal sanity to the appropriations committee.
Rep. Flake, of course, is well known to fiscal conservatives, but Rep. Graves is a rising star who is not yet widely known.
Having won four races in less than one hundred days (including a special election and two run-offs) to fill the seat for Georgia’s ninth congressional district this summer, Rep. Graves wasted little time in becoming an outspoken opponent of earmarks.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Graves was a leader in the Georgia General Assembly’s successful effort to cut $3.1 billion from Georgia’s budget and authored legislation to implement zero-based budgeting to bring transparency and accountability to the state budgeting process
In just his first month in Congress, Graves authored legislation to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Republicans have an opportunity to change the way Washington works by putting proven conservative leaders in a position to lead by example.
This is fantastic news, as this committee was once a coveted position by members of congress who wanted to "bring home the bacon" with various pork projects and expenditures to their district but may now be run by two conservative stalwarts who have fully embraced the small government principles of the Tea party movement. Ending wasteful earmarks and stopping deficit spending are of the utmost importance.