Amidst Budget crisis, GOP debates Constitutional Convention

Who needs moot court when you've got moot government:

A state House committee approved a bill under which North Carolina would join Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota in an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to control the national debt. Rep. Chris Millis (R-Hampstead) is pushing House Bill 366, where 38 states would call for a Constitutional convention to put forward a balanced budget amendment. The bill is scheduled to go to the House Appropriations Committee next.

Millis says that a compact will be binding on the state unless a future General Assembly votes to remove North Carolina from it.

That last part is simply not true, proving Millis either hasn't read the whole document or is severely deficient in reading comprehension:

Section 4. When fewer than three-fourths of the States are Member States, any Member State may withdraw from this Compact by enacting appropriate legislation, as determined by state law, and giving notice of such withdrawal to the Compact Administrator, if any, or otherwise to the chief executive officer of each other Member State. A withdrawal shall not affect the validity or applicability of the compact with respect to remaining Member States, provided that there remain at least two such States. However, once at least three-fourths of the States are Member States, then no Member State may withdraw from the Compact prior to its termination absent unanimous consent of all Member States.

Get that? We can only withdraw *before* it hits the magic 3/4 percentage. After that, we're locked in, even if only one state decides it doesn't want to terminate the Compact. And these people bitch about Federal "constraints"? No wonder Grover Norquist is in love with this idea. The only people that listen to him anymore are deficit fan-boys, but with this gambit, he could put 38 states under his thumb.

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War debt

This view of national economics is so simplistic and shows a real lack of understanding of how nations work.

However, many pacifists may welcome this move: Every war we have ever fought was funded on loans, starting with the American Revolution and continuing to Afghanistan and Iraq.

It's not about controlling the national debt

That's how they sell it. Once a Constitutional Convention is convened, the Constitution can be thrown out and rewritten. And we know how good NC legislators are at gutting something and completely replacing it.

They tell you it's to control the debt. Then they go into a closed room and emerge with a federal Constitution that ensconces, guarantees and protects the idiocy we see in NC and other extremist right-wing states.

And, of course, repealing the 17th amendment.

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