I know it would shut down our Republic friends’ go-to weapon for intimidating the Democrats and persuading much of the electorate to support their candidates while themselves employing other less visible means of feeding at the public trough, but amending the Constitution every time our lawmakers refuse to do their job is not how it should be done. Fiscal responsibility under the Constitution belongs to Congress, and the members of Congress need to be held responsible. Constantly making laws to coerce or force legislators to do their job is stupid. Transparency in legislative votes, in legislators’ campaign financing and in the excessive influence of affluent and corporate donors and lobbyists are what is needed. Combined with increased awareness, understanding and commitment on the part of voters to holding their elected representatives accountable at the ballot box, these changes in our political system would go a long way toward pressuring lawmakers to do their jobs! “The cause of our fiscal imbalances is a lack of political will, not an inadequate process. That means that a balanced budget amendment would fail to achieve its objectives. Policymakers would look for ways to evade its restrictions and, in the process, could end up devaluing our Constitution and disrupting federal budgeting and policymaking.” ( https://www.pgpf.org/budget-basics/balanced-budget-amendment-pros-and-cons ). The Founders made it difficult to amend the Constitution for just one reason: to discourage us from using it to avoid the politically uncomfortable task of taking appropriate legislative actions!