Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t care if people don’t want anything to do with politics. Either we get involved or our nation is dead. Here’s a new idea being passed around as we speak…
The 26th amendment (granting 18 year-olds the right to vote) took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971… before computers, e-mail, cell phones and tweets.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven took one year or less to become the law of the land… all due to public pressure. This is another idea that deserves to be passed around:
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. Terms in office will be limited to 12 years, as specified here:
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 Congressmember will collect a salary while in office. This salary will expires at the end of his/her term. There will be no pensions.
3. Congressmembers (past, present & future) are to participate in the Social Security system.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund will move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds will be added into the Social Security system as a matter of course.
4. Congressmembers are to purchase their own retirement plans, just as all Americans do.
5. Congressmembers will no longer vote themselves pay raises. Congressional pay will henceforth rise in accord with the CPI, or by 3%, whichever is lower.
6. Congressmembers will lose their current health care system, and instead participate in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congressmembers must abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmembers will be void, effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make the current contracts with Congressmembers. Congressmembers made all these contracts for themselves.
To serve in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators. At the end of the proscribed term(s), Congressmenbers should go home, and back to work.