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Op-Ed: Both the right and the left should support a Convention of States

Published in Uncategorized on January 09, 2018 by Convention Of States

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The following piece was written by Bruce V. Hanson of Nebraska and originally published in the Lincoln Journal Star.

This year’s Legislature will consider the carried-over LR6, which would add Nebraska to the 12 states calling for a Convention of States (COS).

A COS is not a constitutional convention. It would propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution aimed at term limiting more federal offices and reducing federal deficit spending and programmatic overreach.

A COS has much to offer to both the right and left of the political spectrum.

Conservatives want a budget-balancing and constitutionally limited federal government, which, absent its unconstitutional programs, would spend less and have more time to oversee legitimate federal programs, thus lessening the problem of the “administrative state.”

Liberals would be pleased that, under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, states, counties, municipalities and special purpose districts are free to construct state and local programs -- including social programs -- matching state and local preferences and needs. A reduced federal tax burden would leave more opportunity for state and local funding of these programs.

Conservatives and liberals alike would be pleased that term limits would make vote buying more difficult, as a large part of Congress would be term limited and no longer in need of campaign help.
Please ask your senator to support and vote for LR6.

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