Not A Completely Novel Idea But One Worth Returning To
I received the below via email today and, as yet, have not checked the veracity of the claims on amendment passage and such. I’ve also removed the “pass it on” part simply because this is a blog, not an email. If you find merit in the ideas then feel free to “pass it on” as you wish. I have a quibble with the name of the “Act” and the use of the constitutional amendment process. I believe the original author intended for the bullet points to be a Constitutional Amendment instead of an “Act of Congress”. As such, I ask for the reader to supply appropriate names for it.
When I forwarded the email I included this little bit as in introduction:
“I generally agree this is ‘worth forwarding’…and it generally follows the “KISS” method. The language might need a bit of tweaking but the concepts are rather straightforward.”
Here is the email with the aforementioned deletions:
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. 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.
I would add numbers 8, 9, and 10 to the list (though I fear it would cause congresscritters to not pass it but public outcry might just take care of that…of course these could be their own Amendment as well).
8. Senators shall be limited to a maximum of 2 terms in office and Representatives shall be limited to a maximum of 6 terms in office. (I’d actually prefer only 4 terms but congresscritters would scream about ‘fairness’.)
9. All federal elected officials and congressionally confirmed officials shall have their personal fortunes held in Blind Trust with no knowledge of such investments until 6 months after an individual permanently leaves office.
10. Official campaigns for federal public office shall begin no earlier than 12 months prior to the associated election inclusive campaign fundraising efforts.
Note: my additions of 9 and 10 force this “Act” to include more than just Congress and, therefore, the name might need to be even further changed.