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Reagan knew the only way to cut government spending was to call for an Article V convention

Published in Blog on January 10, 2023 by Brianna Kraemer

President Ronald Reagan was a strong proponent of using Article V to call for a Convention of States in order to add a constitutional amendment that would limit federal spending. 

Now over 30 years since Reagan held office, the national debt has grown from $259 billion to over $31 trillion. Even in the 1950s, the national debt made up a whopping 70 percent of the debt-to-GDP ratio. Now, that number has risen to over 120 percent. 

"It is clear that we must rely on the states to force Congress to act... Fortunately, our Nation’s Founders gave us the means to amend the Constitution through action of state legislatures," Reagan once said.

A wise statesman himself, Reagan openly stated that "no government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size," adding that "a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on earth."

He was spot on. The federal government has expanded to an unrecognizable goliath that both Reagan and our Founding Fathers would find astonishing. 

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“...The Constitution provides for both methods and the Convention is a safety valve giving the people a chance to act if Congress refuses to,” then former California Governor Ronald Reagan said in his radio address on February 13, 1979.

Has anything changed for the better in the federal government since Reagan was in office? Today we look back at the mid-20th century as a time when people were more free and united. Yet even then, Reagan saw a mess that required an Article V convention.

The federal government has continued to encroach on our liberties and spend insane amounts of money it doesn't have. We the People must stand together and call for a Convention of States.

Time is limited in addressing the abuses of federal overreach, one major component being the inability to spend taxpayer dollars with sound judgment. A balanced budget is long overdue and a Convention of States will make that happen.

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Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention to proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington DC.

I support Convention of States; a national movement to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of an Article V convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

I ask that you support Convention of States and consider becoming a co-sponsor. Please respond to my request by informing the national COS team of your position, or sending them any questions you may have:

info@conventionofstates.com or (540) 441-7227.

Thank you so much for your service to the people of our district.

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