I am all for a balanced budget ammendment but this one is not it. An ammendment should allow deficit spending in times of recession as well as times if war. And it should require repayment of debt to begin as soon as the reason ends. We should not worry about details like debt ceilings or tax increase limits - these are symptoms of the problem. The problem is that Congress resolves it's conflicts by compromise to spend more. This is what we should stop. Ideas to stop this - line item veto or reduction for the president. Line item veto fort the people by online petition. And of course when we are not in a recession then congress should not be allowed to spend more than we expect to receive. Let the president be the on who has final say over how much we expect to receive in taxes each year. Also I would like to add that if congress can not agree on a budget when due, then they are a failed team and not eligible for reelection.