- - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio is correct: The federal government is out of control (“Marco Rubio amplifies call for constitutional convention, courts conservative voters”). Our national debt will soon be $20 trillion, and that does not even include the close-to-$100-trillion in unfunded liabilities.

Congress will never reform itself with constitutional amendments mandating term limits or balanced budgets. Thankfully, the Founding Fathers gave us an ‘emergency exit’ of sorts to utilize if Washington ever became too large or corrupt, as it has over the past decade or so. That’s what the Article V Convention is. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for the limited purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. If 38 states ratify the proposed amendments, those amendments become part of the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. citizens need to ask their state legislators to support an Article V convention so that we can put some restraints back on our federal government.

PAUL CARROZZO

Algonquin, Ill.


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