My first (only?) political post: Congressional Reform Act of 2011

I know I said I wouldn’t do politics here, and I’m about to break that promise. I do not consider myself a highly political person because quite honestly, I don’t have the stomach for it. I do consider myself a thinking person – one who looks at the issues and weighs the benefits on both sides to come up with a solution. The ‘personal is political’ is ringing in my brain right now: memories of my college days.

All that being said, I feel that some things are fundamentally wrong with our current way of government. As I’ve watched my daughter struggle with fear about her health insurance and her inability to obtain student health insurance due to a pre-existing condition, I’ve been exposed to great terror. As I’ve watched jobs erode around me and learned that those retired from congressional service have a guaranteed pension, I’ve felt sick to my stomach. When this arrived in my e-mail, I decided to post it here instead of forwarding it.

I did not write this text. I did format it for HTML display and corrected some of the extra punctuation. I am using my own fourteenergirl blog, for whatever that is worth, to expose this message to a greater audience and I ask that everyone think about it, forward either the text or a link to get the American people screaming about this. It’s just not fair and I don’t know why we’ve let them take these liberties while the rest of us are struggling so hard.

  1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.
    1. Two Six-year Senate terms
    2. Six Two-year House terms
    3. 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, 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.

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A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

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