A 27th Amendment to Repair Congress?

A friend of mine suggested this 27th Amendment:

What do you think?

 Congressional Reform Act of 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
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 1/1/12.
9. The Congress will be in session five days a week just like their boss (the American People), no more of this T-W-Th part-time job nonsense! 
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.

5 responses »

  1. I’ve seen this before, & I have to say that it totally works for me. It makes sense in every way.

    Only one problem, though. What do you think the chances are that we can get the leeches to stop feeding on the blood of the American people? THEY are the ones that will have to change the laws, right?

    It’s the same with Clean Elections laws. If you want to pass a law to stop potential elected officials from feeding from the endlessly abundant teats of corporate America, you have to get the same officials to pass the law. It’s a Catch 22 proposition.

    But I’d march for this, Norma. I really would.

    • I’m afraid the trouble with our country right now is that nobody wants to march. In San Francisco, they’re holding a conference on the death of Liberalism. Republicans insist on no new taxes; Democrats insist on no fewer entitlements. Somewhere in the middle, there lies a solution; but where’s the will?

      • Ever since the obvious dangers of an educated & well-informed populace were pointed out to the plutocrats during the 60s, Norma, the education system has gone straight down the toilet. There just aren’t enough young people with the awareness & concern to fuel the movement. And I’m burned out. 🙂 I gave up any form of activism when Bush Jr stole his first election. It was going to give me a stroke.

        But I’m rooting for the working class. They may not have been successful in Wisconsin, but they bloody well DID rise up.



      • MoveOn.org sent me this today.

        Robert Reich explains what went wrong with our economy in 135 sec.

        I used to try & explain this way of seeing the economy to my late brother. He said rich people had a right to make money & that taxing them cuts the numbers of jobs they create. I said taxing them means they don’t buy the second yacht & the private island in the Caribbean & the rest of us can afford our mortgages & the school clothes for the kids.

        Like so many others in America, he watched too much TV. He firmly believed, even as his middle class lifestyle diminished yearly until he was struggling to live in even a rented house of his own, that he might still someday even BE one of those people (which is why I inherited the last vestige of his former prosperity, his BMW).

        Magical thinking ROOLZ OK!

  2. That’s a perfect example of our present wrong-thinking: everybody who’s not presently rich will be. I go by the philosophy: it’s not that we don’t have enough; we aren’t willing to share.


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