|The Space Shuttle Enterprise being tested at Marshall Space Flight Center during 1978.|
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Monday offered up a constitutional amendment which would make failure to balance the nation’s budget an impeachable offense.Does Mo need a Civics lesson? Doesn't he know CONGRESS controls the purse strings? Maybe there is a method to Mo's madness...... but if the top employer in your state, not to mention your district, is the United States Military, do you really want to go around calling the Commander in Chief a Socialist, and threaten to impeach him because he won't cut spending on Medicaid and Social Security?
Brooks’ outlandish proposal calls for a balanced budget within five years, after which time federal spending could not exceed federal revenue.
As a matter of fact the top five employers in the state of Alabama are the GOVERNMENT.
The state has invested in aerospace, education, health care, banking, and various heavy industries, including automobile manufacturing, mineral extraction, steel production and fabrication. By 2006, crop and animal production in Alabama was valued at $1.5 billion. In contrast to the primarily agricultural economy of the previous century, this was only about 1% of the state's gross domestic product. The number of private farms has declined at a steady rate since the 1960s, as land has been sold to developers, timber companies, and large farming conglomerates. Occupations outside of agriculture were widespread by 2008. Employment in that year was 121,800 in management occupations; 71,750 in business and financial operations; 36,790 in computer-related and mathematical occupation; 44,200 in architecture and engineering; 12,410 in life, physical, and social sciences; 32,260 in community and social services; 12,770 in legal occupations; 116,250 in education, training, and library services; 27,840 in art, design and media occupations; 121,110 in healthcare; 44,750 in fire fighting, law enforcement, and security; 154,040 in food preparation and serving; 76,650 in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance; 53,230 in personal care and services; 244,510 in sales; 338,760 in office and administration support; 20,510 in farming, fishing, and forestry; 120,155 in construction and mining, gas, and oil extraction; 106,280 in installation, maintenance, and repair; 224,110 in production; and 167,160 in transportation and material moving.
I mean, really? Is this just another one of your political stunts to rile up your base to prevent productive work from occurring, or, do you really believe you are helping to bring jobs to our district, our state, and our country? Republicans control the House of Representatives. Seems like to me if republicans really wanted a balanced budget we would have one.
Biting off your nose to spite your face Mr. Brooks?