When you hear that congress is less popular than cockroaches — it should be fairly obvious that it is past time for a change.
This is a post that I shared in 2010 — but with the reignited interest in the proposed 28th amendment, it is just as timely now.
Congressional Reform Act –
This has been distributed through email — and the ideas are sound. The American people are being asked or forced to cut back, to tighten their belts and to make changes to survive — its time for Congress to do the same. They are out of touch with the public, these changes would be a step in the right direction.
Wouldn’t it be great if the American people had to opportunity to place their vote for some long overdue changes to the way Congress operates? This is the propsal — and let’s take our hats off to the person or people who came up with these ideas.
1. Term Limits:12 years only, one of the possible options below..A. Two six-year Senate termsB. Six two-year House termsC. 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 he or she is no longer in 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.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote itself a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses its current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All existing contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.
The American people did not make the present disgraceful contract with Congress. Congressmen and women made all of them by and for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators: honorably serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.
If you agree with the above, invite your friends to join and share this page with others. If we get enough people to “like” this page – we could grab attention to this idea – and then, who knows…
What would you suggest in a “perfect” political world??