Mar 09, 2016 3:57 PM GMT
Congress Planning $400 Billion In Corporate "Tax Forgiveness"
... Alternatively, if the legislatures of two-thirds of the states apply, 34 at present, Congress “shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments.... ” This alternative, known as an Article V Convention, has yet to be implemented. This report examines the Article V Convention, focusing on contemporary issues for Congress...
...Congress would face a range of questions if an Article V Convention seemed likely, including the following. What constitutes a legitimate state application? Does Congress have discretion as to whether it must call a convention? What vehicle does it use to call a convention? Could a convention consider any issue, or must it be limited to a specific issue? Could a “runaway” convention propose amendments outside its mandate?
The Runaway Convention
Fear of a runaway Article V Convention has been a recurring theme over many decades. What, in fact, is a “runaway convention?” It is generally defined as one that was summoned to consider a limited agenda, but moved beyond its original mandate to consider policy questions and potential amendments not contemplated in the applications of the state legislatures or in the congressional summons...
...cautioned that, “[n]o matter how many and how sincere are the assurances from the backers of a new Convention that their sole concern is reapportionment, no one can safely assume that delegates to such a Convention, once safely seated and in action, would wish to go home without trying their hand at improving many parts of this delicately balanced document.”
...a runaway convention, driven by ‘political fringe groups’ might revisit a wide range of constitutional provisions.” Proposals to alter parts of the Bill of Rights, in particular, seem to be singled out as being the most serious challenge to the Constitution by a runaway convention....
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tazzari saidWouldn't it be great if congress sided with the American people?You are delusional, the democrats are just as corrupt and bought by big corporations as the republicans. An outstanding example is the Mary Queen of Goldman Sachs, the hapless Hillary ho. She is a Wall Street neoliberal who is only out for her own self aggrandizement and doesn't give a flying fuck about the American people. Yet some of you stupid, brain dead leftists on here still want to vote for her knowing damned well that if she gets elected, she is going to throw all her loyal supporters under an approaching bus.
Vote Democrat! Not great, but a whole bunch better!