A balanced budget amendment (BBA) is the blunt-force instrument we need in order to get Congress and the President to do that which they will never do themselves: Confront, debate, and decide our priorities, our resources, and our limits.
Just because the fiscally hypocritical Republicans in the House voted for the BBA this week after passing a disgraceful spending bill last month does not make the BBA a bad idea. And just because the fiscally irresponsible Democrats predictably voted against the BBA likewise does not make the BBA a bad idea.
The BBA is a good and necessary idea. It is a check-and-balance that we must add to the Constitution to protect the dispersed public against the entrenched politicians; to protect ourselves against the growing risk of a debt crisis and financial reckoning; to protect future generations of Americans from the current.