A story on the Center for Media and Democracy’s PRWatch is a must-read for all Amendment activists and scholars. In “Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme,” Brenden Fisher describes the “stealth convention” and lays out some of the problems that would be associated with it should they pull this off.
We have two interviews with COS President, Chip DeMoss. The first focuses on the actual convention, and the second on their proposed balance budget amendment. In the former, he describes the process as a:
…turnkey solution to Article V that cannot be resisted, including a binding interstate compact agreement among 38 or more states that includes 38 or more identical applications, the text of the amendment to be proposed and ratified, the identification of the delegates, the rules of the convention, and the pre-ratification of the amendment by 38 or more states.
“Pre-ratification” means no public debate, no public participation. So far, neither the main-stream nor alternative media appear to have caught wind of this growing, undemocratic, anti-populist scheme to handcuff the federal government’s response to recessions and depressions as described in the CMD’s PRWatch piece. The actual Balance Budget Amendment would lock in current inequality by making tax increases politically impossible.