ANOTHER CHAIN EMAIL: Congressional Reform Act of 2010

What inspires people to pass on some emails I don’t know. This one sounds good, but it is ill-considered. What are the problems with this email?

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

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. 

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.
 
 
If you agree with the above, pass it on.   If not, just ignore it..

  • Item 1: Term limits is a good idea, but it would take a constitutional amendment, not just a congressional statute, to implement.
  • Items 2: This is reasonable, but members of the House and Senate should be well paid. Their pay should be sufficient to allow members of the middle class to run for office.
  • Item 3: This is something of a joke. There exists no separate Social Security Trust Fund. The Social Security system is also unconstitutional. Unfortunately, because people have put so much money into the Social Security Ponzi Scheme, we cannot kill it outright. Nevertheless, we do need to phase it out. As the Social Security system demonstrates, how we retire should be none of Congress’ business.
  • Item 4: Many of us acquire a pension plan with our job. So the statement is a bit goofy. Yet I do not disagree. Anyone can save for retirement. Politics is not supposed to be a lifelong profession that requires a pension that comes with the job.
  • Item 5: The 27th Amendment controls congressional pay raises. Why isn’t that is good enough? All indexing congressional pay would do is remove a good incentive for Congress to control inflation.
  • Item 6: No disagreement.  
  • Item 7:  No disagreement.
  • Item 8:  Perhaps I am being dense, but I found this last item inscrutable. What are “all these contracts?” Is this about sun setting all our laws all at once? That would create chaos.

There is nothing wrong with offering suggestions, but please do your homework. Our legal system has already been screwed up by professionals. If us amateurs are going to straighten it out, we have to work harder.

See also ANOTHER CHAIN EMAIL: Congressional Reform Act of 2010 – THE SEQUEL.

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2 Responses to ANOTHER CHAIN EMAIL: Congressional Reform Act of 2010

  1. truthseeker says:

    Good post, but it only scratched the surface. More about doing one’s homework here:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-greener/the-phony-congressional-r_b_771808.html

  2. Pingback: ANOTHER CHAIN EMAIL: Congressional Reform Act of 2010 => THE SEQUEL | Citizen Tom

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