Monthly Archives: March 2015

Article V – The Remedy or Catastrophe?

Flag with listing the 50 states within the red and white stripesJoin us next Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm at Lorain Community College (College Center near Starbucks and the cafeteria) for a discussion on the proposed Article V Convention, also known as the Convention of States. This idea was fleshed out in Mark Levin’s “The Liberty Amendments” and dozens of states have since moved forward with proposals for an Article V Convention.

Everyone knows the U.S. Constitution allows for amendments; there are twenty-seven amendments already.  But we are witnessing one of the most egregious power-grabs in our 237 year history.

One of the more controversial ways to reign in this federal usurpation of state’s rights is the most practical and, to some, the most logical.  More importantly the framers of the U.S. Constitution provided us with just the thing, the remedy, in the main body of the Constitution:
“ARTICLE V: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this 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, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

The Framers knew that there probably would come a time during the American “experiment” that the federal government would try to stretch itself beyond the limits they set for it and encroach more and more into the province of the States.  Article V was their best remedy for that future probability.   Continue reading

Putting Growth First

line graph showing real income for top 10% and bottom 90% are together before 1970, but separate afterwards.

Real Income Growth from 1948-2012

(This post was edited to correct the 10% income level and to make more clear that the Federal Reserve looks at rising wages as a bad thing.)

On Thursday March 12, Rich Lowrie and Jack Boyle presented negative economic trends and possible solutions through their new advocacy group Put Growth First. More important than federal spending, tax rates, and even government benefits, Lowrie argues that monetary policies created in the 1970’s has led to flat real income growth over the last forty years.

Before making the argument, Lowrie would like conservatives to correctly frame the argument. Economic stagnation in this country is not due to “the 47%” that collect benefits, he claims. The leaked Romney video in 2012 unfortunately alluded to this argument and it subsequently damaged his campaign. The correct division between the prosperous and unprosperous is at the top 10% income level, or those making above $254,000. As conservatives, we should be arguing for the “Striving Majority” that make up the bottom 90% of income earners.

When I think about the bottom 90%, I think… “That’s everybody I know!” It joins the middle class with those in poverty as all of us have seen our incomes and buying power stagnate.When you look at the graph that Put Growth First provides on their website showing real income growth for the top 10% and the bottom 90% since 1910, you can see exactly what Lowrie is talking about. (And here is the YouTube video detailing this graph and his arguments.) Continue reading