Ernie Dumas explains this week why the unanimous vote of Arkansas members of the U.S. House for a balanced budget amendment was a political charade that none of them truly wanted to succeed. (Well, maybe Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick Crawford really WOULD like to end Social Security, Medicare and taxes on rich people, but defense spending? Probably not.)

Ernie includes the useful reminder that a Democratically-controlled Congress was the last to balance the budget. It required a tax increase for rich people. That’s a non-starter for the Brothers Griffin, Crawford, Womack and Ross.