On an Article V Convention and a Balanced Budget Amendment

In a myview op-ed in the Christmas Eve Deseret News (posted online December 26, 2015), Kyle Maichle of the Heartland Institute defends the Article V constitutional amendment process, arguing that we have nothing to fear from it. Curiously, he omits the strongest argument for his position (or the DesNews editors took it out – not at all unlikely) and completely ignores the substantive problem with the present Article V drive (sometimes known as Con-Con). For those coming in late, the Constitution of the United States provides for two methods for…

New Year’s Resolutions for America

A new year is upon us. A look back on 2014 seems to illicit more questions than offer answers. Politically it was a volatile year with much intrigue and endless story lines from Washington. With a new year arriving much too rapidly, we must forge ahead under tenuous circumstances. With an ever hopeful eye to the future, I post a few New Year’s resolutions for 2015. Rather than typical talk about diet, exercise, more time with family and friends or the other standard stuff that comprises so many resolutions, I…