14 December 2010

Citizen Legislators

A former colleague at the Washinton Times just shared this with me:

Congressional Reform Act of 2010 [Carried over, I hope, to 2011]

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
  D. No Tenure / No Pension.
 
2. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. 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.

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. [or 2012]
 
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.

4 comments:

Chaps said...

The fly in this ointment is that these changes would have to be approved by Congress. Can you imagine a majority of the current or next Congress voting for these? They can't even ban earmarks.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Chaps - we can dream.

Michael Lynch said...

It would be incredible to see something like this go through. Imagine all those members of the semi-permanent political class having to go find gainful employment. "No, Mr. Rangel, I don't want fries with that."

--ML

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Michael - I seriously doubt Mr. Rangel would qualify for employment at Burger King or McDonald's. Businesses don't normally knowingly hire individuals who have a record of stealing from their employers.

Thanks for the comment.