If things were better and representatives actually represented their constituents, I’d agree with this on some level. However, I know that it’s just a way to have an excuse to get around progressive policies. If our representatives didn’t give tax cuts to rich people and corporations that, in turn, drove our deficit up we could have had this conversation. Now that the people want policies that will help the rest of us, we’re worried about balancing the budget. Where are the people that proposed this legislation when we are cutting blank checks for the military to shell out billions to private defense contractors? Or when we’re bailing out banks as they drive citizens further into debt? No balanced budget arguments there. No questions of where is the money going to come from when it fattens the pockets of their donors. The people behind this are not genuinely representing their voters, if they did, the majority of them would be fighting for the federal legalization of marijuana and healthcare as a right, at a minimum. This is just a way to stop voters from getting what they want.