Lots of ordinary conservative Americans were happy when the U.S. House voted this past April in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan (which subsequently went nowhere in the Senate).
And lots of those same ordinary conservative Americans also are probably in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
And lots of those same ordinary conservative Americans likely will be confused to learn that Paul Ryan, the man who authored the budget plan they liked so much, voted today against a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Why would Ryan do something like that?
Well, HERE‘s one possible explanation:
So, what happened? Ryan has not yet issued a statement on his vote, but I have a hunch I know why he opposed the amendment: it would have made his own budget plan unconstitutional.
Republicans generally don’t like to talk about this, but the Ryan budget plan, if approved, would add $6 trillion in new debt over the next 10 years, caused almost entirely by Ryan’s massive tax cuts for the wealthy. A constitutional requirement mandating balanced budget would make the Ryan plan literally, legally unacceptable.
ADDENDUM: Aside from Paul Ryan’s reasons for voting against the amendment, whatever they are, HERE are a few more arguments against the meausure.