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A Congressional Reform Act?

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Kimball, Feb 15, 2010.

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  1. Kimball

    Kimball TS Member

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    THIS IS HOW TO FIX CONGRESS!!!!!

    A friend sent this along to me. I can't think of a reason to disagree.

    I am sending this to virtually everybody on my e-mail list and that includes conservatives, liberals, and everybody in between. Even though we disagree on a number of issues, I count all of you as friends. My friend and neighbor wants to promote a "Congressional Reform Act of 2010". It would contain eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    I know many of you will say, "this is impossible". Let me remind you, Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, now is the time when Americans will join together to reform Congress - the entity that represents us.
    We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House. These people will become American hero's..
    Thanks,
    A Fellow American
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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, 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 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 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.

    If you agree with the above, pass it on to all in your address list. If not, just delete.
     
  2. Bernie K

    Bernie K Member

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    That's great but how would you get it passed? Your right the people need to take back the country.
     
  3. Mohave60

    Mohave60 Member

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    I'll go for that
     
  4. Big Jack

    Big Jack Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunatly for us the people that must agree with this are the fools in the most powerful positions. If any of this were to come to pass, it would be by major takover of the government by the public and to advocate overthrow of the government would be treasonous and they have laws against that action. Yes, I would like to see major changes but I'm afraid we're already getting the changes, the ones the "O" boy promised. As I have said before, "I love my country, but I fear my government."

    Big Jack
     
  5. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a current congressman would not take this on...and probably because s/he would be cutting their own cash cow in pieces, but it would be a good platform on which a new guy could run and win votes.
     
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