A balanced budget amendment will tie the hands of the government when it's really necessary to go beyond our normal income stream. Congress needs to learn to have some discipline when creating spending bills if they do not want to increase taxes. It is worse for us to borrow and spend than it is to tax and spend, because it costs us more in the long run. In times of extreme economic distress, the government needs the flexibility to borrow and make good Investments that will pull us out of a recession or depression. It is basic Keynesian economics, which proved to be very true in the last recession. It would be wise if our Representatives would learn a little bit more about economics.