The US economy shrank by 2.9 percent over the past three months, marking the largest economic decline since the 2008 recession.

Such a drastic decline has shocked politicians, economists, and average American citizens alike.

Ironically, the White House claims that Obamacare – a program established by the White House, if you’ll recall – is the cause of this economic downturn.

Others claim the harsh winter weather caused the unexpected GDP drop.

So what’s the real reason?

No one can say for sure, and we can’t give you a definite answer, either. But we do know the long-term solution. Unless we solve the problem of our national debt, maintaining a strong economy will always be difficult.

The federal government promises solutions, but they have no incentive to do what’s best for the country as a whole. They’ll continue to spend this country into the ground in an effort to get reelected again and again. We can’t sit around waiting for them to place limits on themselves themselves. It’s time to use the power we have under Article V to force Washington, D.C., to be fiscally responsible.

Under our application, a Convention of States can propose any amendment that “imposes fiscal restraints on the federal government.” Such amendments can ensure our country practices sound financial policy, which will go a long way towards ensuring a strong, vibrant economy.

About The Author

Anne Reiner

Anne Reiner is the Administrative Support Manager for the Convention of State Project. Reiner graduated magna cum laude from Geneva College with a degree in Journalism. While at Geneva she interned in Washington, D.C., spent a semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy, and graduated from the World Journalism Institute in New York City. She has a passion for writing and has freelanced for World Magazine and World on Campus during her college years. Reiner grew up in the little town of Trout Run, near Williamsport, Pennsylvania.