More than $2.3 billion was spent on the race for president last year. So much for fiscal conservatism.

The self-anointed conservatives pushing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution fail to earn their label. If they had been pushing hard toward true conservatism, they'd work to rid our political structure of "pay to play" schemes.

The sky is the limit for what is spent on a politicians' campaigns, and yet they think Americans need a balanced budget. Somewhere in that, every element of trust is lost.

This American doesn't care about balancing a budget, absent campaign finance reform. Fix that and budget will eventually be balanced.

I say an emphatic "no" to any amendment that balances the budget for the American people while our politicians cannot get their campaign finances in check.

The amendment we need is one that gets the big-money guys who purchases our politicians out of politics altogether. This condition is what causes our deficits in the first place, in the last place, and all places in between.

Brian Brown, Hill Point