DeMint: Balanced Budget Amendment Crucial

Friday, 24 Jun 2011 08:15 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., says the discussions on the debt ceiling are make-it-or-break-it time and “this is the fight of our generation.” DeMint also said that the only way to cure Washington’s “spending addiction” is by passing a balanced budget amendment.
“Well, it really is pretty simple — it recognizes that the only way that we are ever going to stop this spending addiction in Washington is if we are forced to by the Constitution. So, the key part of this is passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution — and sending it to states to ratify,” DeMint told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday. “So, there are three parts to this: We are going to oppose any increase in the debt limit unless we cut spending immediately. Unless we have caps on spending . . . to bring us to a balanced budget.

“And unless we pass a constitutional amendment to the — an amendment to the Constitution to force us to stop the spending,” he said. “So, we are asking people all over the country to sign up. If you allow me, the website is We’ve got thousands of Americans who signed up. Several senators and congressmen have signed up. Presidential candidates are signing up. And frankly, if anyone who doesn’t sign up, really doesn’t belong in Washington right now. We can’t afford anyone else who doesn’t understand, we need to balance our budget.”

The tea party favorite said it was “amazing” that the federal government is “bringing in about as much money as we ever have — but the spending line goes straight up and continues out over 10 years.”

“We don’t have a revenue problem — we’ve got a spending problem. But if we cut the spending, you would see the revenue begin to grow,” he said. “So, Republicans owe it to Americans, Sean, to tell them where we stand and what we are willing to fight for. That’s what this pledge is about. And I would encourage all your viewers to go, to, sign up and when they put in their zip code, it will tell you who your congressmen and senators are.

“Hopefully, people will call them, email them — make sure they sign this pledge. I think we need to go to the math. If we can get 41 senators to sign it, we can force them to pass a balanced budget before they get any increase in the debt limit,” DeMint said.

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