Arizona: Article V Bills (Con Con) Hearing on Feb. 4th

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February 3, 2014
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ALERT: Article V Bills (Con Con)
 
HEARING: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m., Come to the hearing in the Arizona House Hearing Room 1,Justin Olson’s Committee, Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility
 
MESSAGE: Vote NO on HB2104, HB2305, HB2397 All bills enabling an Article V Constitutional Convention.
 
CONTACT ALL Members of the Committee: Please call right away opposing all these bills.
Chairman Justin Olson     602-926-5288 jolson@azleg.gov
Lupe Contreras      602-926-5284    lcontreras@azleg.gov (D)
Debbie Lesko          602-926-5413    dlesko@azleg.gov
David Gowan          602-926-3312    dgowan@azleg.gov
Jonathan Larkin     602-926-5058     jlarkin@azleg.gov (D)
Carl Seel                    602-926-3018    cseel@azleg.gov
Steve Smith             602-926-5685    stsmith@azleg.gov (Vice Chairman)
Bruce Wheeler       602-926-3300    bwheeler@azleg.gov (D)
 
Email the Committee:
 
Article V of the U.S. Constitution:The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress…”
 
HB2104: Is a delegate limitation bill which pretends to be able to limit what delegates to an Article V Convention can do.
 
HB2305: Calls for an Article V Convention for Proposing AMENDMENTS to the U.S. Constitution supposing to enact the Compact for an ineffective Balanced Budget Amendment with options for increasing the debt including allowing the states to authorize it. Since the states receive Billions of dollars in federal money…do you think the politicians in those states will oppose increasing the debt limit? See more below.
 
HB2397: Attempts to limit what delegates can do once they go to an Article V Constitutional Convention. All we know for sure about what will happen in an Article V Convention is written in Article V. Congress Calls the Convention and will set the rules. Once the Convention begins it will be a power unto itself according to former Chief Justice Warren Burger. http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/concon/pdf/WarrenBurger-letter.pdf No puny delegate limitation bill will matter.
 
HCR2018: Is a funding and reauthorization bill for Arizona.
 
At the end of the email is a rebuttal by Publius Huldah that you can use for reasons to oppose these bills.
 
More on House Bill 2305, The Balanced Budget Amendment HAS NOTHING IN IT THAT SUGGESTS CUTTING BACK ON SPENDING; NEVER REFERS TO THE CONSTITUTION NOR THE ENUMERATED POWERS!!!
  
Section 1 says that the government will not overspend unless it agrees to overspend and incur debt;
 
Section 2 seems to legitimize all past and present borrowing, and allow even more. It increases the debt ceiling. It also tells us that a path has been prepared to continue increasing the debt ceiling and allow for deficit spending;
 
Section 3 is the follow-up to Section 2. It specifies that increases of the debt ceiling will be tied to a ‘single subject’ and that a simple majority of the states will have to approve it. (How many of our states are in debt now themselves? How many states have the guts to insist that the Federal Government abide by the Constitution and insist on upholding the 10th Amendment by refusing federal funds for education for example? What does this do to the separation of powers between the states and the federal government?) What will those single subjects be? How about: The war on Carbon Dioxide? Obamacare? Oil spills and other environmental disasters? More Wars?
 
Section 4 gives general spending power to the president. It does so by giving him power over what will not be paid. We just saw what President Obama did with this power by closing the National Parks, closing the White House, threatening not to pay soldiers, government contracts, taxpayer refunds, social security checks, etc. WE DO NOT WANT THE PRESIDENT TO HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE AND THE SWORD. 
 
Section 5 will destroy the middle class in America through higher taxes by two ways: raising income tax rates with a 2/3 vote OR with a simple majority vote Eliminating Tax Exemptions, Deductions, And Credits!  If Congress is too “chicken” to do that, it can replace the income tax with a national sales tax, using a simple majority vote.
 
Section 6 gives a very narrow definition of debt. How about other kinds of financing? Can the government do sale/leasebacks of government buildings or national parks and not call it debt?
 
Section 6 also reminds us again about impoundment. What does that mean? “General Revenue Tax” means any income tax, SALES TAX (this would be new), OR VALUE-ADDED TAX (tax on every step of production, also new) by the government of the U.S. excluding imposts and duties.”
 
I WOULD THINK MANY LEGISLATORS WOULD BE VERY EMBARRASSED TO HAVE SIGNED ON TO THIS LEGISLATION.