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A solution to fix Congress and save $$$$

I recently received a chain email. God, I thought those went out in the ’90s. I guess I just don’t have any friends anymore. Nevertheless, it reminded me of the suggestions I recently made to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, chaired by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).

Here is “A Congressional Reform Act of 2011.” Notice the date, it would take place immediately; unlike the Affordable Health Care Act which drags on.

 1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

 2. 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.

 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

 7. 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.


Your comments are most welcome whether you agree or not. It’s important to have the discussion. Please voice your opinion and pass on the link to someone who cares.


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