Congressional Reform Act of 2010?

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I received this email this morning and thought it was worth posting. It would seem that our current Congress has irritated at least one person enough to cook up these “reforms” for our consideration. 

Of course, if I were a betting man, I would bet the chances of this actually happening are between slim and none, and slim is on life support.

Your thoughts?

THIS IS HOW to FIX CONGRESS!!!!!

 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.


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..  

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 loses 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. 
 
  

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Comments 8

  1. Here are some points:

    1) If you support the idea of Congressional term limits, then please email itstimefortermlimits@gmail.org to sign on as a supporter of the San Diego County Board of Supervisor Term Limit measure.

    3) Congressional members do pay into SSI -> http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/do_members_of_congress_pay_social_security.html

    5) Congressional member pay raises -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-seventh_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    8) I don’t know what this one means, sorry.

  2. How about putting restrictions on their perks while in office such as:
    1) Lodging. They can stay at a Best Western. If they want to upgrade, then it comes out of their personal pocket.
    2) Meals. I think $50/day is good. If they want to eat more, then it comes out of their own personal pocket.
    3) Travel. Coach on commercial airlines. If they want to go first class or private, then it comes out of their personal pocket.
    4) Vehicles-Sub Compact. If they want to upgrade, then, as the others, it comes out of their personal pocket.
    The message to our dear elected representatives is that they serve us. They should not be thinking that a certain lifestyle must be obtained if they are a member of Congress. Some might say, if we impose the “restrictions” that and what is in the “Congressional Reform Act of 2010”, that we won’t get the high caliber person that we need to represent us. “High caliber”??? Look at some of the characters we see in office already.
    We need to remind our elected representatives who they represent and the valve of our tax dollars.

  3. Jerome,

    There should be term limits for congress. What do you think about term limits at the local level?

  4. The President is term limited as a reaction to FDR
    The CA legislature is term limited as a reaction to Willie Brown.

    I personally don’t approve of term limits, other than the report card elected’s get at the end of their term in office if they choose to run again.

  5. I don’t believe elections are like report cards. Just look at Rep Pelosi, Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein. They keep getting reelected. Is that because they are doing A work?

  6. The people usually deserve the government they elect, and typically get the government they deserve.
    Attribution unknown

  7. It is often quoted as “In a democracy, people get the government they deserve,” and typically attributed to Alexis de Toqueville. However, if anyone can find where he actually said it, by all means.

    However, Joseph de Maistre did write “Every country has the government it deserves,” its origin as de Maistre’s Lettres et Opuscules Inédits vol. 1, letter 53, written on 15 August 1811 and published in 1851.

  8. Thank you, wise Administrator!
    The fact that some actual outcomes (ie Pelosi) are not to one’s personal taste does not alter my basic philosophical disagreement with legislating electoral churn.
    Has the State of California had better governance since adopting term limits in the 1990’s? Of course not.
    In my humble opinion, term limits have shown themselves to be a disaster for our state.
    And while some point to Pelosi and Boxer, I’ll point to examples of legislators who have served honorably in Congress. Ron Packard comes to mind. He did a great job and served 18 years. It would have been a shame to force him out artificially with term limits. I also am a fan of Bilbray and Issa and want them to serve us long and well.

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