Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

Here is something to chew on. I was sent this via email:

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Congressional Reform Act of 2010

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
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, serve 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 by the lower of CPI or 3%.
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.


6. Congress looses 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 by 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 1/1/2011.
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.


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seems reasonable and without any gain for either party. What do you think?

6 comments:

Canajun said...

I like it! We could use something similar here in Canada to get rid of our dead wood and sense of entitlement as well.

Danny said...

I say we put that one to a public vote. Otherwise it will never pass.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

Not one to throw a wet blanket over the face of reform, these changes treat a limited number of the symptoms, but not the disease.

Getting to heart of Congressional reform would be a comprehensive bill prohibiting special interests or corporations from contributing to the campaign funds of Congressional committee chairs, or anyone sitting on a committee entrusted with regulating, monitoring, or providing that special interest with contracts.

Next would be a provision prohibiting any Congressman or Senator from taking a paid position on a special interest's board of directors, nor as a consultant, for a period of ten years after leaving office. Furthermore, said former elected officials would be denied accepting sponsored positions as long-term lecturers for these interests as well.

Watch the looks on the face of Congress when anyone tries to propose these provisions in the form of a bill.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Willy D said...

Reform will never happen. It should, but it won’t. We’re too lazy and stupid to understand the freedoms we’ve lost and will lose. The tables have turned.

But if it did happen, you would only need to change one thing: Term Limits. One term in office, one term of equal length in prison. After one term in office I know damn well they’ve all committed several felonies.

irondad said...

Anything to make them less "insulated" works for me. I've always thought they don't live in the real world anymore.

"Joker" said...

I'm all for it. It makes sense. It's fair. It would work....which is why it will never happen. Once a person gets a taste of the good life where you feel above everyone else and constantly get your ass kissed, wild horses won't drag them out of a job with perks like that. That's why us Mass-holes used to call Ted Kennedy "Senator for Life," which is exactly what he was. Just like Jesse Helms, "Sheets" Byrd, and the rest of them. Only the very unlucky ever actually get voted back out once they've gotten in.

Jack had great points to add on to this idea. The sad thing is that the majority of people in this country would probably agree with all this if you asked them. But for some strange reason, they won't get off their asses to get something like this put on the ballot and then actually show up to vote for it.

As my friend Willy D said...the tables have turned. It will never change unless there is some major event, like a meteor strike or a nuclear war or something that cripples the government to allow a modern day coup d'etat. Then, the old saying be careful what you wish for comes to mind. What we'd end up with after that....may be even worse.