Tuesday, February 22, 2011

That's our Rand...

Welcome to Kentucky...where it never ceases to be a national laughingstock.

Biggest waste of taxpayer money ever:
At the urging of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul , the state Senate approved a measure Tuesday urging Congress to convene a constitutional convention that would consider a balanced budget amendment.

The vote after a short speech by Paul to the Senate was 22-16 along party lines except for Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, who voted against the legislation.[...]

Asked if the House will approve the measure, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said, “When pigs fly.”

Stumbo called a national constitutional convention “an untested,untried and a very dangerous path to go down.”

Other critics of the legislation also expressed fear that a constitutional convention would lead to other unwanted changes and said the state legislature should not meddle in federal policy.

Senate Minority Leader R. J. Palmer II, D-Winchester, said in a statement on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus that it supports a balanced federal budget but opposes asking Congress to call a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

“The Constitution has never been amended by a convention and no one knows how that process would unfold,” Palmer said. “Calling a constitutional convention opens a Pandora’s Box of uncertainty that places all of our rights and liberties at risk.

“Congress has the ability to pass a balanced budget amendment without making the entire Constitution vulnerable to radical changes. We cannot support asking for a constitutional convention that would gamble with our Constitutional rights.”
THANK YOU to Senator Julie Denton.

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