Senate passes balanced budget amendment for U.S. Constitution

The Mississippi Senate passed Bill 2389 which, if also approved by the House and signed by the Governor, will enjoin Mississippi in the Compact for a Balanced Budget, an interstate effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a federal balanced budget, reduce federal borrowing, and seek state approval before increasing the debt limit. Alaska and Georgia entered the compact in April 2014 and at least 38 states are required.

With three-fourths of state agreeing to the compact, the U.S. House and Senate can pass resolutions without presidential signature to initiate the amendment process. Having the wording agreed upon up front, a 24-hour Article V convention would convene in which each governor, acting as their state’s delegate, would vote “yes” to ratify the Balanced Budget Amendment.

The U.S. Constitution, Article V provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. However, three-fourths (or 38) states are required to ratify an amendment.

Sen. Joey Fillingane of Sumrall introduced the bill.

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Republican Primary 4th Congressional District Candidate: Tavish Kelly

Tavish Kelly is co-owner of Kelly Firearms, a retailer and manufacturer of guns in Picayune and he believes that the protection of liberty is the only legitimate function of government.  A former chairman of the Pearl River Republican Party, he has been very active in the county and state party activities.

Valedictorian of his Pass Christian High School class, he is an Eagle Scout, graduated from Mississippi State University with degrees in Political Science and Mathematics, and is studying Constitutional Law at Ole Miss.

The issues below issues and the positions are taken from Kelly’s campaign website:

  • Abortion:  Believes that life begins at conception and that abortion is a violent trespass upon another human’s rights.  However, he does not think this is an area for the Federal government but for the states:  “The Constitution contains no provisions enabling the Congress, President, or Supreme Court to regulate, allow, or forbid abortion. This power is thus reserved to the States and the people, respectively, under the Tenth Amendment.”
  • The Federal Reserve:  Does not like the Federal Reserve and wants to return competition back to the monetary system.
  • 2nd Amendment:  Sees the right to keep and bear arms as one of the most important freedoms and the 2nd Amendment should prevent any and all Congressional legislation infringing upon that right.  Desires the repeal of laws such as the Firearms Act, Gun Control Act, and Brady Act.
  • Patriot Act:  Wants to repeal the Patriot Act.  The Patriot Act as a violation/circumvention of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Marriage:  Believes it is the union of a man and a woman administered by God.  Kelly sees that the regulation of marriage by government through various means has been corrupted by the political process.  Desires to free governmental infringement in marriage and repeal of statutes that attempt to define and control it.

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Democrat Primary U.S. Senate Candidate: Bill Marcy

Bill Marcy is no stranger to politics.  Marcy ran unsuccessfully for Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District against Bennie Thompson twice as a Tea Party Republican.

Describing himself as “a conservative with Libertarian leanings” On NewsRadio 104.9’s Gulf Coast Mornings, Marcy said, “I am not happy with the Democratic or Republican Party.”  When asked about his switch from Republican to Democrat, Marcy stated, “We switched so that we could bring in the black base. We are very open about that. Black folks just won’t vote for a Republican. . .”

If successful, Marcy would become the first black Senator from Mississippi since 1881.

Marcy spells out his positions on his 2012 campaign website as follows:

  • Economy:  The tax and spend mentality of our President and the Democrat-led congress is making it harder to create new private industry jobs. The only way out of this recession is to permanently lower taxes and cut the size of government.  Opposes the 1993 NAFTA agreement.
  • Taxes:  Believes the tax burden is abusive and has been used for political reward or punishment.  Willing to pay for constitutional items such as national defense, bridges and highways but not pork.  Supports the Fair Tax plan.
  • Bail-outs:  Against bailing out people or businesses that created the current economic crisis.  Believes that no one and nothing is “too big to fail”.
  • Education:  Wants to requires all students to study the U.S. Constitution.  Supports education vouchers to drive competition to improve quality education; tax dollars should follow the given child, not the schools.
  • Drug Legalization:  Supports legalizing marijuana use for adults.
  • Defense:  Believes in a strong national defense as this is the first responsibility of government as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
  • Energy:  “Drill here, Drill Now!”  Incredulous that U.S. policy does not take advantage of domestic resources.
  • Health Care:  Does not believe our health care system is broken but the best in the world; Against the takeover of healthcare under Obamacare which has destroyed full-time jobs.  Supports Health Savings Accounts.  Wants to guarantee insurance portability from job to job and across state lines.  Supports tort reform to reduce cost of healthcare.
  • Immigration:  Wants to enforce existing laws.  Supports legal immigration but need to secure the borders not only to prevent illegal immigration but to prevent terrorists from entering.
  • Abortion:  “[A]bortion is really the killing of unborn children.”
  • Marriage:  Supports the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
  • 2nd Amendment:  “[G]uarantees law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms. This is not up for debate.”
  • 10th Amendment:  Believes the need for a limited central government with most everything delegated to the states.

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