Your government at work (for themselves)

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Politics explained

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The Perfessor

We the People

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.

Fair is fair!

So, here is something fun in today’s news. Apparently several members of Congress just learned that, in the health care bill that they signed into legislation, they may be required to give up their own Government-sponsored health care package (which is way better than ours, the folks who voted them into office), and be “forced” to use the health care plan that we use.

In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.

For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

Who says that folks don’t get what they deserve?

The Perfessor