I rarely, if ever, open email that is obviously part of a chain letter. I have never ever, passed them along to anyone else. However, this morning I received the following message that seems quite timely because if it was in effect, people like Harry Reid and Ed Markey would have never developed the clout that they have. Representatives of small segments of the American population should never develop the ability to impose their will on the rest of us by taking advantage of the arcane seniority rules and campaign finance rules that bequeath long sitting Senators and Congressmen with outsized power.
If the law described below was already in effect, there would have been no possibility that an inexperienced Washington, DC insider would have been elevated to the position of being the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The position would have been filled based on demonstrated competence instead of “pull.”
In a recent interview with CNBC, Warren Buffett offered the following quote about the debt ceiling: “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) 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, etc.” Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land, all because of public pressure.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
- No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when out of office.
- Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
- Congressmen can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
- Congress will no longer vote itself a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
- Congress loses its current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
- Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
- All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
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, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.