Monday, July 11, 2011

Congress Our Way

There is this email going around now, first time I've seen it anyway, titled: "Congress Our Way". I read it. I found it interesting. I have some amendments to it which I'll put in brackets.

Here it is:

This is not a Republican or Democrat thing.

 “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”.
- Patrick Henry -

[so true, or it should be]

This email has been totally cleaned of all other names and is being sent to you in hopes you will keep it going and keep it clean. This is something we can all fight for and I hope you will read it all the way through. I believe you will be glad you did.

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.

[One should note that this was a special period in time for America and that the young were coming to awareness for the first time of a right to vote and the ability to institute changes during a time of high duress, and a knowledge of the top heavy capabilities of their youthful cohort.Something it would be nice, if the young now would take note.]

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 needs to be passed around.

[The proposed] 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.

[This sounds good, except for a few things. The issue isn't so much a problem with those few of the hundreds of millions of citizens in existence, who govern; but then this is a big benefit to get people into office as they don't get that much once IN office. The issue is more that they stay there for so long and have to strive to maintain their office or tenure. That means they tend to do what will get them voted in, and not necessarily what is right, or needed, that benefits the nation, but rather what benefits their keeping their office. It is good they represent their people, but it is bad that this is not always (or typically) the case.

So we have this unbalance of where our laws and efforts go and, have you noticed how corporations have taken over America? How the American workers are working harder, longer, for less? Why, do you think that to be the case? Because those in office are making the best decisions for their people? Then why aren't their people having longer vacations of a month or two per year? Or making more money? Or, why aren't we yet, working 6 hour days and 4 day work weeks?]

2. Congress (past, present and 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.

[I have to say, this one sounds good. Although I don't have a problem with them receiving retirement for having served, I do think they need to share the same pool and if they are peeing in it, they need to be getting the foul fluids in their mouths, also]

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

[Again, what goes around, really should come around]

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

[I'm not sure this is the best solution, but I do think this is onto an interesting idea. ]

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.

[ibid, kind of all goes without saying, doesn't it?]

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.

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.

[Yeah, well this never really works, does it? Like everyone not buying gas one day a year, but hey, it's fun to think about. Still, it IS good to talk about these kinds of things, to write about them, and hey, who knows? Maybe some day, something WILL happen.]


Anyway, as I said, it's all fun to talk about it....

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