Josh Mandel Takes BBA Pledge
July 2, 2012
It’s a small but important victory: Ohio current state treasurer and Senate candidate Josh Mandel has just become the most prominent politician to date to take the People’s Balanced Budget Amendment pledge.
- Candidates pledge to work to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the U. S. Constitution if elected.
- Citizens pledge not to donate money toward, or otherwise support, any candidate who has not taken that pledge. (Obviously citizens are still free to, and should, cast their vote for the more conservative candidate every time, regardless of whether he has taken the pledge.)
Since then, the number of citizens nationwide who have taken the pledge has grown by about 20%; that number is at 2,984 as of this writing.
The language of both pledges has been revised slightly since then, but remains substantially the same. The candidate pledge is now tied to four particular written proposals, each of which has already been introduced in Congress. The WDBB Web site has more information on the four proposals and links to the full text of the bills as introduced.
True, we already had reason to believe that Mandel might support such an amendment, but politicians’ promises can perhaps best be understood as a matter of degree, and there is some indication that this kind of public, organized pledge really makes a difference—just look at Americans for Tax Reform’s no-new-tax pledge.
I see that Mandel’s Web site now also explicitly gives his support to a balanced-budget amendment; I don’t remember seeing that there before:
Common Sense Solutions
Grow the economy. The budget will not balance through spending cuts alone. It must be a balanced approach of spending cuts and economic growth.
Balance the federal budget. The failure of Washington to control its spending for so long requires us to make a multi-year commitment to spending discipline and policies to promote economic growth.
Balanced Budget Amendment. Let the American people have the opportunity to limit the Washington politicians’ ability to spend like there is no tomorrow.
The fact that Mandel did not join in the People’s Balanced Budget Amendment pledge until this past weekend tells me that it isn’t just meaningless words on a page. Yet we were able to persuade him to sign on with only some 1,300 Ohioans’ having taken the pledge. Who knows what a difference you and a few of your fellow citizens can make in your state?
If you agree, publicly take the citizen pledge. Then, when your representatives or candidates for Senate or the House of Representatives send you their ads asking for your support, politely reply and let them know that you can’t give them any more money until they’ve put their names on this list.
And if you live in Ohio, consider sending Josh Mandel a donation (or volunteering) with your thanks for his pledge. His opponent, first-term incumbent Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown, is running ahead of Mandel in the polls (48.5 to 38% in Real Clear Politics polling average as of this writing), but under 50%, which some would say means an incumbent is vulnerable. Although his constituency is moderate Ohio, Brown was tied for first for most liberal senator in America in 2009 and 2010 in National Journal’s legislative ratings. (Even last year—the most recent year available—he still rated fifth most liberal.) Mandel immediately responded to Thursday’s Supreme Court decision by renewing his commitment to repeal Obamacare. (Brown voted for Obamacare.) Let’s make it happen for Mandel!