Normally, I am very cautious when it comes to making amendments to the Constitution. However, the founding fathers did leave us a method for doing so for a good reason. At the time that the Constitution was drafted, I can't help but think that the founders would never have imagined a government being so completely and utterly irresponsible with money...particularly to the degree we are today. That said, I think that this sort of thing would be a good idea, provided that it is well written and does not include language that provides for something that has little or nothing to do with requiring a balanced budget. It is understood that the actual implementation of something like this will be necessarily unpopular because, if done correctly, it will force a large cross-section of federal agencies and/or programs to come to a screeching halt. Because of that, I would not be opposed to ensuring that many of these agencies and programs are gradually phased out in order to lessen the negative impact on people who are currently dependent on them. Moving forward, we need to reduce the amount of dependency on government programs, which will ultimately make them obsolete anyway. But this sort of thing might be needed to get that ball rolling. It would certainly be historic in the fact that it is likely the first time in human history that a government actually becomes smaller...on purpose. That would be a wonderful thing to see. We are a unique nation in the fact that we were perhaps the first to ever have a peaceful transition of power. Now, we can lead in a new way by being the first to actively shrink the size of a bloated, over-reaching government which would result in people taking more responsibility, allowing (even encouraging) them to be more productive, and giving people the necessary freedoms to live their lives in a manner that suits them.