Thursday, March 3, 2011

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => The "Congressional Reform Act of 2011" Email - Is it a Good Idea or Not!? #Politics

I received the following in an email recently, take a look:
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!
Why? Simple! The people demanded it.  That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before 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. I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
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 
2.  No Tenure / No Pension. 
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
3.  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.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
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.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message.  Maybe it is time.
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!
So What Does STYLEZ Think?
Well, I believe this kind of reform is definitely needed. It's been needed for decades! When the third & fourth term election of FDR occurred in 1940 & 1944, it sparked the subsequent creation of the 22nd Amendment to limit presidential terms. At that time, a knowing and understanding legislation should have made a decision then to also limit other areas of government. Will this perpetual use of the American public's tax dollar to permanently take care of political figures ever cease, or will it continue to mirror the kind of system for which monarchies have enjoyed for centuries! Yes, as was the case of (one of) George Washington's reasonings for avoiding a third term, I feel that term limits would be "a bulwark against a monarchy". And where do you see THE PEOPLE taking care of their "rulers" for life, in a monarchy! So it is indeed time for a change. How we go about getting a group of individuals to limit themselves is probably open to argument, but it is an argument that is worth debating at a time when we are declining into an econonic depression that appears to be lasting years longer than it ever should have! 
That is what Stylez thinks, what do you think? Please comment and let us know what suggestions you have for making such a Congressional Reform possible!