Congressional Reform Act of 2010

22 Dec

My friend Gary forwarded this by email (slightly amended by myself) and I would dearly love to be the one to introduce such a bill, but alas, I am just a citizen.  Just a citizen.  Our founding fathers envisioned that citizens, just citizens, just about any ole citizen, could, would and should be able to do things like run for office and introduce legislation.  We know it doesn’t work that way at all.  Running for office and staying in office is a political career with big money coming and going.  I’m sure Benjamin Franklin has ground his wooden teeth into saw dust.

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: Terms shall be limited to a maximum of 12 years within the following options:

A. Two six-year Senate terms
B. Six two-year House terms
C. One six-year Senate term and three two-year House terms

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

2.  Tenure/Pension:  A congressman may receive a salary while in office, but shall receive no financial benefits once they leave office.

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

3.  Social Security:  Congress (past, present & future) must participate in Social Security.  All funds in the Congressional retirement fund shall be moved to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds shall flow into the Social Security system.  Congress shall participate in the Social Security system along with the rest of the American people.

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

4. Retirement:  Congress must purchase their own retirement plan just like the rest of the American people.

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

5. Raises:  Congress shall no longer be allowed to vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

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

6. Health Care:  Congress shall lose their current health care system and shall participate in the same health care system as the rest of the American people.

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

7. Non-Exemption:  Congress shall equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

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

8. Rescindication of Contracts:  All contracts with past and present congressmen shall become null and void effective 1/1/11.  The American people did not make these contracts with congressmen; congressmen made these contracts for themselves.

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

“The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else.”

2 Responses to “Congressional Reform Act of 2010”

  1. gt281 December 22, 2009 at 7:16 PM #

    Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
    –July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago, Abraham Lincoln

    It would seem that only the ‘calendar of days’ change through out the years.

  2. Kathrine Phillips January 1, 2010 at 4:28 PM #

    You know that our founding fathers were at congress only to do business then went home and took care of their own chores. Most were famers, Doctors, things like that.
    Social security was to be a volunteer thing and was to be put into an escrow account. No one was to touch it.
    Franklin D Roosevelt wrote it that way, but as the years went by congress changed it.
    Yes congress should pay for their own hospital care and retirementwhile in congress. Also cannot be a lobbiest for any company after he leaves congress.
    Terms of office should be six years only for Senate and cannot be relected
    Terms of office should be Ithree years only for House and cannot be relected
    I did pass this on

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