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This is just all kinds of stupid:  

One of the big victories by tea-party Republicans in the debt-ceiling measure signed into law Tuesday was securing a requirement that Congress vote later this year on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

The measure would need a two-thirds vote in each chamber, and then ratification by 38 states, to succeed. And most observers believe passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate is all but impossible.

Enter Sen. Mark Udall, the centrist Democrat from Colorado, who has introduced an amendment proposal and said Tuesday that Democratic leaders have chosen his legislation to be considered in the fall.

Of course, agreeing to a vote on this never-gonna-happen amendment to our totally sacrosanct (except when Republicans want to tinker with it) Constitution was all part of the "victory" Democrats worked out with the terrorists, er, Republicans this weekend. But do they really have to pretend it's a good idea?

Udall is up for reelection in 2014. Many of his Democratic co-sponsors – including Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.) – are running this year and need support from centrists.

Oh. I guess they do.

So, since we're apparently living in the open enrollment era of the Constitution, any other amendments we should be considering? How about a Free Abortion on Demand Amendment? An amendment to protect the sanctity of same-sex marriage? A permanent 98 percent tax hike on corporations?

What would you propose?

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 03:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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