A change for the Con­sti­tu­tion

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Re: “Wise words from Jef­fer­son on con­sti­tu­tional change,” Jan. 14 Greg Dobbs col­umn.

Greg Dobbs points out that some­times it is rea­son­able to change our fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

The most worth­while and im­por­tant such change would be a strong bal­anced bud­get amend­ment. Fed­eral debt held by the pub­lic more than quadru­pled un­der Pres­i­dent Rea­gan and the first Pres­i­dent Bush, then more than dou­bled un­der Pres­i­dent Obama. Nei­ther Repub­li­cans nor Democrats can be trusted to re­strain fed­eral spend­ing with­out con­sti­tu­tional re­straint.

If we had passed such an amend­ment in the early 1980s, when there was a strong na­tional move­ment for it, the fed­eral debt would be one-tenth of what it is to­day. In­stead, grow­ing debt as the baby-boomer gen­er­a­tion re­tires is a clear and present dan­ger to our fu­ture sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity.

Martin L. Buchanan, Lake­wood

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