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THIS IS HOW to FIX CONGRESS

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.

I would even add that they could get same treatment as our military and get there jobs back after serving.........

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Re: THIS IS HOW to FIX CONGRESS

Get this on the ballot and it would be passed in all 50 states no problem. Applause
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Only one problem with that - we've had the foxes watching the hen house for so long, it would never work. But maybe we will get lucky some year soon.

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I think this is one of many things ,including health care that should some how be put up for referendum..Maybe Brown will win in Mass. Big smile

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Here's a big one: amend the Constitution to require the federal government to operate off of a balanced budget.

Another: require a tax contribution from EVERYONE, regardless of income. It could still be adjusted by income, but you can't escape the fact that the bottom 50% of wage earners in this country pay no tax whatsoever, and yet most of the billions we spend on entitlements go to them. Meanwhile, 80% of the income taxes are paid by the top 20%. Thus, a huge chunk of this country has the power to vote in favor of benefits to themselves that someone else has to pay for. My Dad prepares taxes, and told me last night of a lady he had come in and walk out with a $5,000 return from the government -- and she hadn't paid a dime of withholding. Maybe if everyone had a stake in paying the bill, America would be less eager to increase government spending.

I'm currently reading the Federalist Papers, and our current government is not operating the way the founding fathers anticipated. In Federalist #17, for example, Alexander Hamilton stated that he couldn't conceive of why a federal government would ever seek to take more power unto itself:

"Commerce, finance, negotiation, and war, seem to comprehend all the objects which have charms for minds governed by that passion [administration of federal government]; and all the powers necessary to those objects, ought, in the first instance, to be lodged in the national depository. The administration of private justice between the citizens of the same state; the supervision of agriculture, and of other concerns of a similar nature; all those things, in short, which are proper to be provided for by local legislation, can never be desirable cares of a general jurisdiction. It is therefore inprobable, that there should exist a disposition in the federal councils, to usurp the powers with which they are connected; because the attempt to exercise them, would be as troublesome as it would be nugatory; and the possession of them, for that reason, would contribute nothing to the dignity, to the importance, or the splendour, of the national government."

Mind you, the Federalist Papers were written in 1787, and the whole point was to argue in FAVOR of the proposed constitution, which many considered a dangerous increase in government power. Hamilton believed that "It will always be far more easy for the state governments to encroach upon the national authorities, than for the national government to encroach upon the state authorities." Even among staunch Federalists like Hamilton, it was not their vision to have a federal government exercise as much control over the citizenry as it does now.

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Re: THIS IS HOW to FIX CONGRESS
expatriate wrote:
Here's a big one: amend the Constitution to require the federal government to operate off of a balanced budget.

I think its a great idea, everyone should operate this way, from individuals, businesses to our states. Not sure why the feds think they can print money endlessly.

All the ideas in this thread are good, especially the first post. The problem is that these idiots we have in office will NOT vote these changes in that would affect their own benefits.

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