Saturday, April 23, 2011

Denny got a letter about fixing Congress

that did not involve tar, feathers and a rope. I'm going to borrow it:
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to
become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on
their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.
12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when
they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with the American people.

How long do you think it would take Congress to fix Social Security if this happened? ... GOC

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will
rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

I've got a better idea. They only get a pay raise when the budget is balanced. Deficit spending means no pay raise for the congresscritters. What kind of politicians are they if they can't survive on their already generous salaries and all the money they get in bribes and graft? ... GOC

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same
health care system as the American people.

Wonder what that would do to Obummercare? ... GOC

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is
an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators,
so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three
days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.
If not, just delete.

You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going...

I've been saying for years, 'NO retirement system for House, Senate or President: it's supposed to be a position of service, not a career. You want to stay there for decades and want a retirement system, open a IRA. And I VERY much like #8, but I'd make it something like 'no Senator or Rep can take a job that involves lobbying Congress or a contract with the Federal government for a minimum of ten years', or 'ever, you bastards'. In proper amendment language, of course.

1 comment:

Arthur said...

"No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when
they are out of office."

I like my idea better: After your single term is up, you report to the Soylent Green factory.

The concept of Perverse Incentives will insure that only the crazed and suicidal will run for office, but I'll be damned if I can see how that's worse than what we have now.