"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master." -- George WashingtonPlease take a moment to read the proposed "Congressional Reform Act of 2010" that can be found in the Wiki just to the right of this review. It seems that this short and succinct manifesto has become the rallying cry for conservatives and Tea Party members all across America. This is a proposal written by an anonymous author that is circulating all over the internet. The odds are that Congress would never even consider a sensible proposal such as this one. It seems that basic common sense is a virtue that is sorely lacking among leaders in both political parties Washington D.C. these days. These people simply cannot be trusted. Now if you are on the liberal/progressive side of the political fence and are wondering what kind of ideas are driving the agenda on the other side then I believe that the simple and forthright ideas contained within "The Congressional Reform Act of 2010" will tell you in a nutshell.
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The Congressional Reform Act of 2010
Thesis: Service in Congress is an honor and a duty, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career politicians. Elected representatives serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work like the rest of us.
1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below. a) Two 6-year Senate terms, b) six 2-year House terms, or c) one 6-year Senate term and 3 2-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 and future) participates in Social Security: All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.
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 in 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.