George A. Romero Presents: The Balanced Budget Amendment

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July 18 2011 11:29 AM

George A. Romero Presents: The Balanced Budget Amendment

My newest piece, which ran late last week, previews this week's stunt fight about the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" plan, which includes a version of the Balanced Budget Amendment that can't possibly pass.

"Wait a minute!" you say. "Didn't the BBA almost pass 14 years ago? Aren't there 20 Democratic senators on record saying they could support a BBA?"

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Well, sort of. Read on, and learn how one of the 1990s' leftover good government ideas became a Republican gimmick, and how if it wasn't such a gimmick, people like Joe Lieberman might support it.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.