Is It Possible to Fix Our Congress?

 


 A friend of mine sent me an email that appears to be making the rounds. It's being sent to folks who are liberal, independent and conservative or just completely apolitical. Regardless of one's political beliefs, this suggestion appears to have strong merit.

The idea is to get ONE Senator and ONE member in the House of Representatives to sponsor a bill that will put Congress in a MUCH better position to appreciate the people they represent. It would simply be called:


The Congressional Reform Act of 2010

Here are the items on the bill:

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

  1. Two 6-year Senate terms
  2. Six 2-year House terms
  3. One 6-year Senate term and three 2-year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2. No Tenure / No Pension

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, server your term(s), then go home and back to work.

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

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise bythe lower of the Consumer Price Index or 3%

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisionedcitizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

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

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

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

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

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, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

Sorry if that sounded a bit redundant about serving in Congress being an honor, not a career. That's how the email is going around and I don't have a problem with emphasizing that point.

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