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August 1, 2011

Question of the Week: Should Congress pass a Balanced Budget Amendment?

By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — A majority of those readers who answered this past week’s Question of the Week: Did you enjoy the Southern Iowa Fair? said NO.

Twenty-one — 29 percent — answered YES while 34 — 47 percent — replied NO and 18 — 25 percent — said I DON’T CARE.

The Question of the Week poll is not scientific and only reflects the opinions of those Internet users who have chosen to participate. The Question of the Week is just another way the Herald’s readers can voice their opinions about issues that affect them.  

This week’s Question of the Week deals with the national debt crisis.

President Barack Obama and Congress have been struggling in the past weeks to solve the debt crisis. They have until Aug. 2 to craft a deal to avoid a government default.

The president wants to raise the debt limit by $2.4 trillion to keep the government going through the 2012 elections. Republicans want to cut the deficit without a requirement for tax increases.

One of the ideas on the table is for Congress to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, none of the debt limit increase would be tied to its approval, the Associated Press reports.

Iowa has a balanced budget requirement. Should the nation?

What do you think?

This week’s Question of the Week: Should Congress pass a Balanced Budget Amendment?

People can vote on The Herald’s Web site, oskaloosa.com, from Monday through noon on Friday. Then, votes will be tallied and published the following Monday.