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In my Op-Ed in The Hill today I explain why we need to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Inevitably, a debt crisis is coming. We know it will happen - the only uncertain thing about it is to forecast when it will happen. Practically no economist was able to predict the unfolding of the current European government debt crisis. On the contrary, many forecasts were still predicting “business as usual” as late as in 2007. It is just as difficult to say when the U.S. debt becomes an acute crisis. All we know is that the crisis will come. That is as certain as an earthquake in California. And that makes the Obama budget all the more irresponsible. Fortunately, there are some encouraging signs of fledgling fiscal responsibility in Congress. The GOP budget for 2016 slowly reduces the deficit over nine years and balances the budget by 2025. This is a welcome change for the better. There is just one caveat. The GOP budget won't become actual policy unless the Republicans win the next five Congressional elections and the next three presidential elections. We need a better insurance policy against the looming debt earthquake. It is time to reopen the case for a balanced budget amendment to the constitution.
Cynthia Lummis, our state's hard-working Congresswoman, is cosponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 26, which promotes the balanced-budget amendment created by Compact for America Educational Foundation. So far no Senator has picked up on H.Con.Res.26, but hopefully that will change soon. Congress now has a unique chance to move the BBA issue forward - before our federal debt becomes an acute national crisis.
Just the Facts, Ma'am Featured
Sergeant Joe Friday, in James Webb's classic radio and TV show Dragnet, often cautioned witnesses when he interviewed them, “Just the facts.” Some modern journalists and editors could use that admonition.
When you see a headline, “Wyoming Makes It A Crime To Collect Evidence Of Pollution On Public Lands”, you have to wonder. Where did they get that from?
Last year the Wyoming Department of Family Services proposed that Wyoming’s CHINS legislation be replaced with a FINS program. Model legislation from Massachusetts was presented to the Wyoming Judiciary Interim Committee. The FINS proposal was defeated in committee last year but it has found its way back on the agenda again this year.
There are a few weeks before the next meeting so this is the right time to make sure we understand the issues and terminology which we will explore with this series.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – President Reagan
More than a quarter century has passed since the Berlin Wall fell. The average American college student was born years after the subsequent reunification of Germany. How many Americans under 30 have a living memory of the “Soviet Union”?
In 1974 the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was passed mainly for the purpose of deinstitutionalizing juvenile status offenders. Most states initiated the act over the next few decades. Wyoming did not.
Last week wasn’t the first time I’ve run into stories advocating for harsher treatment for juvenile offenders. In all fairness, the story out of Oregon was shocking and horrifying but even with the indications of poor management of their juvenile probation program it does not prove that all kids should be locked up no matter how minor the infraction.