“Here’s another nice mess you got me into”……….Oliver Hardy
It’s hard to admit, but our country is in a mess right now. Each day the newspaper glares with depressing news: stocks down, more layoffs, people losing homes, murder and abuse rates up, war skirmishes and death. It’s enough to make one want to reach for the Prozac to dull the pain. Even our elected leaders looks like Oliver and Hardy as they chase around making a bad situation worse by their inability to get together to help this country.
This post is not about which political party is right…or wrong. It is about our Constitution and equality for all. I did not originate the following but I feel it has a message provided through facts and suggestions that illustrates how equality seems to be lacking between elected officials and the average American.
“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 –
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could pass the following with such speed and alacrity? Unfortunately, I believe greed and favoritism will block such a reform from ever happening. Or, could we as average citizens, promote change by taking up the banner and bombarding our congressional representatives with emails, letters, and phone calls asking for such ground-breaking legislation?
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
- No Tenure/No Pension: A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
- 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. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.
- Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most Americans do.
- Congress will no longer vote for their pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
- Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
- Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective January 1, 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, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.