Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sometimes Right Wingers Will Surprise You


...and not always in a bad way.

What follows below is a proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution and it came from a very surprising source: Mrs. JP's right wing mother. She didn't write it, obviously, but she got it in her email inbox, it made sense to her and she passed it along to her daughter and several others.

It makes sense to me, too. In fact, if I was writing the language of this amendment, I'd also propose that no member of Congress register as a lobbyist ever instead of making them wait a year or so. No member of Congress ought to be able to capitalize on their political connections on K Street. I would also propose that Congressmen and Senators get docked a commensurate amount of their salaries for every vote they miss, including during election years. In the real world, we get docked if we don't show up for work. Why shouldn't they?

Pass this along to 20 people on your email list ( I will) and let's start snowballing some consensus.

Worth considering.

Subject: Fw: Congressional Reform Act of 2011

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.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11. (will have to pro-rate current plans since those currently serving may have no independent retirement plan-Norm) 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!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

4 Comments:

At January 15, 2011 at 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First thing I've ever agreed with you.

 
At January 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Oh thank god. I'm finally validated.

 
At January 16, 2011 at 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Problem with newb Congresscritters is that they will have to depend mightily upon 'help'...what do you bet the assist will come from K Street?
We have term limits...they are elections.
Instead of cutting pensions and benefits, how about we extend them to ALL citizens?


Mold

 
At January 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

I simply do not agree at all with term limits, and I never will. That is just wrong. Term limits are set by the voters. If a Congressperson is doing a good job, there is no logical reason to prevent them from continuing to serve. It's up to the voters to set the limits on their representatives.

Other than that, all the other ideas are sound.

Like you, JP, I wouldn't allow Congresspeople to become lobbyists, but I would do it outlawing all lobbying - everywhere else but Congress this is called Bribery and it's a crime.

 

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