2021 Fiscal Responsibility Academy

The following videos are from the 2021 Federal Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Academy hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 30, 2021.

Videos are hosted on YouTube.

Is a Balanced Budget/Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Necessary for a Sustainable Economic Future?

David Walker – 7 minutes

Can a Balanced Budget/Fiscal Responsibility Amendment be Enforced?

Panel Discussion: Poulsen, Walker, Ivory, Natelson  – 2 minutes

Would a Balanced Budget/Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Necessarily Result in Higher Taxes?

Panel Discussion: Poulsen, Walker, Ivory, Natelson  – 2 minutes

Can Article V be Safely Used to Solve the Federal Debt Crisis?

Rob Natelson – 21 minutes

What Happens if Congress Refuses to Exercise its Ministerial Duty to “Call” an Article V Convention?

Robert Natelson – 2 minutes

Are Constitutional Amendments Effective?

Robert Natelson – 3 minutes

What Legal Protections Can be Added by the States to Ensure Article V Conventions Can Not Run Away?

Robert Natelson – 5 minutes

What is the History and Significance of the State Convention Mode of Ratification?

David Biddulph – 9 minutes

How Close is the Count Toward Calling an Article V Convention?

Robert Natelson – 10 minutes

What are the Leading Fiscal Rules Proposals to Guide a Balanced Budget/Fiscal Responsibility Amendment?  – Part 1

David Walker – 9 minutes

What are the Leading Fiscal Rules Proposals to Guide a Balanced Budget/Fiscal Responsibility Amendment? – Part 2

Barry Poulson – 7 minutes

What are the Leading Fiscal Rules Proposals to Guide a Balanced Budget/Fiscal Responsibility Amendment? – Part 3

David Biddulph – 9 minutes

What are the Leading Fiscal Rules Proposals to Guide a Balanced Budget/Fiscal Responsibility Amendment? – Part 4

Panel Discussion: Poulsen, Walker, Ivory, Natelson  – 16 minutes

The existential threat to our economy and country Congress is creating through uncontrolled spending. He also emphasizes the responsibility state legislators have in stopping this out-of-control habit of Congress.

Bob Carlstrom – 5 minutes

Concluding Remarks and the Significance of the Phoenix Correspondence Commission

Ken Ivory and Tom Llewellyn – 9 minutes



David Biddulph
David Biddulph is a semi-retired entrepreneur and citizen activist who has been a leader since 1992 in empowering citizens to vote for state and national constitutional amendments.

In the late 1980s, Mr. Biddulph successfully led a state petition drive to constitutionally cap homestead taxable value assessment increases as the lesser of inflation or Florida homeowners over $60 billion to date.

In 2010, David and his wife Susie became concerned about the mounting national pursuit of a solution, the Biddulphs were instrumental in the founding of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force which successfully encouraged the passage of 16 Article V Applications, limited to the single subject of balancing the
federal budget.

With the discovery that Congress was not counting Article V Applications as constitutionally required and would likely obstruct any call for a convention, the on a U.S. Fiscal Responsibility Amendment.

Bob Carlstrom
Bob leads AMAC Action, the advocacy affiliate of Amac,
Inc, and brings a credential that is a blend of senior executive business, government, politics, communications, and media.

In public affairs and communications, Bob has represented major corporations, industries, associations, and coalitions before Congress and various Administrations, as well as in the communications strategies arena, including crisis communications.
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In government and politics, Bob served as a senior executive in the Reagan White House Office of Management and Budget where he coordinated and directed the broad range of legislation. He has also served on the national and state finance committees of a presidential, candidate, several Members of, or candidates for,
Congress, as well as the campaign manager for a gubernatorial candidate. In 2016, he co-chaired a national coalition for the election of President Trump and Vice President Pence.

Bob is a graduate of Augustana College (IL) with an advanced degree from The American University in Washington, DC. In addition, Bob studied law at Wayne State Univ. Law School.

Professor Robert G. Natelson
Professor Robert G. Natelson is Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute in Denver. He is widely acknowledged to be amendment process. He was a law professor for 25 years, serving at three different universities. Among other subjects, he taught Constitutional Law, Constitutional History, Advanced Constitutional Law, and First Amendment. studies in seven cases sometimes several times in the same case. He is the
principal author of several important Supreme Court briefs, and his research has been relied on by federal appeals courts and by the Supreme Courts of sixteen states.

Professor Natelson is the author of several books, including The Original Constitution: What It Actually Said and Meant, the legal treatise entitled The Law of Article V, and the official ALEC guide to the amendment process. He is a member of the ALEC board of scholars.

In addition to his academic background, Professor Natelson has wide private sector experience, both in business and non-profits, and extensive political experience as well: He has successfully led several statewide ballot issue campaigns and, in 2000, placed second of five in the open party primaries for Governor of Montana.
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Thomas Llewellyn
For several years, Tom Llewellyn has focused on getting Article V Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) resolutions passed in states across the country. Tom was the leading citizen advocate in Michigan when Senator Mike Green and Rep. Ray Franz passed the BBA resolution in 2014.

The state-driven BBA resolutions call for an Article V Convention to propose a long overdue Federal Balanced Budget Amendment. In 2015 and 2016, Tom travelled extensively, working with state legislatures to educate leadership on this critical issue. Today, Tom continues to work with regional legislative leaders to promote federal fiscal responsibility and the American People’s right to ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment.

A graduate from Northwood University in Business Administration, Tom was successful in computer sales for many years. In addition to his prolific writing, Tom has testified before several state committees and spoken to many groups on the need for an Article V Amendment Convention to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Dr. Barry Poulson
Barry W. Poulson is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado. He has been a Visiting Professor at several Universities including, Universidad Autonomo De Guadalajara,
Mexico; University of North Carolina; Cambridge University; Konan University, Kobe Japan; and Universidad Carlos Tercera, Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Poulson is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of economic development and economic history. His current research focuses on fiscal policies and fiscal constitutions. He has
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Professor Poulson is Past President of the North American Economics and Finance Association. He is an Advisor to the Task Force on Tax and Fiscal Policy of the American Legislative Exchange Council and serves as a consultant on fiscal policy and fiscal constitutions to a number of state and national think tanks.

The Honorable David M. Walker
Immediate Former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in government transformation and fiscal responsibility. He has over 40 years of
executive level experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including heading three federal agencies, two non-profits, including serving as Comptroller General of the United States and CEO of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998-2008. He has also served on many nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including serving as a Public Trustee for Social Security and Medicare, and as a member of the Defense Business

Mr. Walker is also a writer, speaker, and media commentator. He is
the author of four books and has been featured in several nationally
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serving as the Distinguished Visiting Professor (William J. Crowe Chair) at the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught the Economics of National Security.

David Walker is a non-practicing CPA. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Jacksonville University, an SMG Certificate from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and a Capstone Certificate from the National War College. He also holds four honorary doctorate degrees from American University, Bryant
University, Jacksonville University and Lincoln Memorial University.



Ken Ivory
Ken was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010 and has just begun his third term in the House. He is known throughout the United States for his expertise on Federalism, and the public lands issue in the West. Ken is the Federalism Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council and is grateful to be in a position to make a positive difference in restoring the principles of freedom that our nation was founded upon.

Ken spent about three years in Japan teaching English and managing student exchange programs to the U.S. This led to establishing a Japanese language program at Provo District High Schools, where Ken was the first Japanese teacher at Provo H.S. Ken graduated from BYU in 1989 with a degree in Japanese, and they immediately left for Japan, where Ken was hired as a coordinator of international relations in the mayor’s office of the city of Osaka. Ken graduated from California Western School of Law in 1994.

In September of 2016, Ken was elected by delegates from all 50 states to serve a President of the first ever simulated Convention of States in Williamsburg, VA. He was also elected to serve as Vice President of the Balance Budget Amendment Planning Convention of States in September of 2017.