A Balanced Budget Amendment: The Right Step to Secure our Nation and our Future

I believe limiting the amount of money government can legally spend to an amount no greater than that which it takes in would be one of the greatest, most meaningful achievements of this generation. I also believe that the most effective – and most permanent – way to do this is by amending the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget.

My name is Alan Parks. I live in Texas, where I’ve been a practicing Obstetrician/Gynecologist for 21 years. I care so deeply about this issue, which has the potential to so greatly affect our future and our children’s future, that I recently left my medical practice to launch Americans for a Balanced Budget Amendment, an organization which will fight to help dig our children’s generation out of the hole that year after year of deficit spending has created.

At present, the United States of America, the most prosperous nation in the history of mankind, is borrowing from its children in order to pay its current bills. Our government annually spends 10, 20, even 30 percent more than it takes in – a massive exercise in deficit spending that has left us with a national debt that is currently over $9,500,000,000,000 and growing.

Further, Congress has given us no reason to believe they will suddenly become paragons of fiscal responsibility and self-control – after all, they have added $2,000,000,000,000 to the debt in the last six years alone. We cannot sit idly by as Congress fritters away our (and our children’s) money to pay for things like a $250,000,000 Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska!

I believe the solution to this problem is the addition of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Only through this most stringent of means can we force our government to be wiser with our tax dollars, to cut out frivolous spending, and to be less wasteful with our, and our children’s, hard-earned money and financial future. Through the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment, we can limit our burdensome debt load and put this country back onto a sustainable course for future growth and prosperity.

A Balanced Budget Amendment will help individual families. It will give us a stronger and more stable economy and will limit the amount we have to pay in taxes to service the national debt. This, in turn, will put more money into the pockets of our families, better enabling them to pay for their own needs, and will allow them more money to donate to charitable causes like cancer research, famine relief, local churches, boy scouts, girl scouts, habitat for humanity, and other worthy endeavors.

Only the strong can help the weak, and this measure will strengthen our nation – putting us in a better position to help others at home and around the world. I hope that you will help me raise awareness about this issue throughout the country. I hope to compel the leadership in Congress to bring this issue up for a vote by showing overwhelming support from the American people.

If you agree with this cause, please visit my Web site, www.BalanceOurBudget.com, and sign the petition indicating your support for this worthy and necessary endeavor. If you feel as strongly as I do, I hope you will also consider making a donation to help the effort.

Together we can send a strong message to Washington that we will no longer tolerate politicians mortgaging America’s future for their own gain.

Thank you,

Alan Parks, M.D.