Louisiana Senate Passed Resolution Calling for Constitutional Convention
There is a push by activist groups like Convention of States to motivate states to call for a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. Article V of the Constitution provides the mechanism to force the U.S. Congress to hold a convention to amend the Constitution “or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States.” Several states, including the State of Louisiana, have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional convention.
The Senate in the State of Louisiana has passed a resolution requesting that the U.S. Congress, not the states, hold a constitutional convention. The crux of the resolution is as follows:
To memorialize the United States Congress to call a constitutional convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints upon its activities, and limit the terms of office that may be served by its officials and by members of Congress.
The purpose of the resolution is to direct the U.S. Congress to reign in a federal government run amok, impose fiscal restraints on the Leviathan, and impose term limits on national politicians and officials. All of these items are necessary, and members of the Senate in Louisiana should be commended for passing the resolution. The question for Louisiana and every other state is whether they are willing to give up federal tax dollars for constitutional amendments designed to subdue the tyrannical federal government and place restrictions on expenditures?
Every state is drunk on federal tax dollars, so when push comes to shove how many states are willing to stop drinking from the public trough? The resolution passed by the Louisiana Senate mentions that “fiscal restraints” should be imposed on the federal government, but what will these restraints entail?
According to the Pew Research Center, in 2013, federal dollars were the second largest source of states’ money, “accounting for approximately $513.5 billion of the $1.7 trillion collected by state governments in fiscal 2013.” This $513.5 billion is a staggering number that cannot be ignored when discussing a constitutional convention. Louisiana along with every other state has to choose between federal fiscal restraint and the redistribution of federal tax dollars.
Progressive politicians and fed gov bureaucrats have done a masterful job of tying states, individuals, and corporations to the federal government via wealth redistribution. Every state is receiving federal tax dollars in exchange for implementing progressive policies designed to give the federal government unlimited power. Louisiana is guilty of taking huge sums of federal tax dollars in exchange for giving up its constitutional rights and sacrificing the individual liberty of Louisianans.
Louisiana depends on federal tax dollars to survive. The State of Louisiana is more dependent on federal tax dollars than any other state with the exception of Mississippi. Federal tax dollars account for 42 percent of Louisiana’s “revenue,” so what is the likelihood that the state is going to forego federal money for limited government and fiscal restraint?