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The blueprint for taking back our country.

  • Jan 28, 2010
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"Government is not reason;  it is not eloquence;  it is force!  It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master."  -- George Washington

Please 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.  

The Congressional Reform Act would contain a total of  8 provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Clearly, the Congress has the lowest approval rating of any entity in our government right now.  People are sick and tired of the fact so many politicians in both parties have essentially made elected office a lifelong career. Rather, our Founding Fathers envisioned citizen-legislators who at great personal sacrifice would serve for a limited period of time and then return to private life.  What we have instead is a Congress chock full of career politicians who are totally out of touch with the wants, needs and values of the majority of the American people.  "The Congressional Reform Act of 2010" addresses this problem by proposing reasonable term limits for all members of Congress.  I can think of no good reason why any one individual should serve in the House or the Senate for more than 12 years.  Meanwhile, conservatives are also exasperated with the fact that Congress can give themselves generous pay raises, have their own seperate Retirement Fund, and frequently choose to make themselves exempt from the laws they impose of the rest of us.  There is so much hypocisy here!
"The Congressional Reform Act of 2010" addresses each and every one of these nagging issues.  I only wish that someone in Congress would have the intestinal fortitude to formally introduce this proposal.

As I mentioned at the outset I  would ask each and every person who reads this review to take just a brief moment to read "The Congressional Reform Act of 2010".  These are the kinds of meaningful reforms being called for by people all across America.   Is this a radical proposal?  Do you disagree with any of the provisions?  If so, which ones and exactly what are your objections?  It seems to me that people from all walks of life and all sides of the political spectrum should be able to agree on something like this.  The election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts is an indicator of the kind of deep seated unrest that is lurking amongst a large segment of the electorate in this country.  Look out because a sleeping giant has been awakened!  Suddenly what seemed utterly impossible seems quite doable and efforts are underway to recruit 500 more Scott Brown's to run for Congressional seats in every state in this union.  In my own state of Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy, heretofore considered unbeatable is facing a stiff Republican challenge for his seat and now another Democrat is considering challenging him in a primary. This would have been considered unthinkable just one year ago.  Just in case you haven't noticed conservatives are mobilizing at a clip not seen since Reagan and this does not bode well for Democrats in the November elections.   

If nothing else "The Congressional Reform Act of 2010" frames the issues that will dominate the 2010 Congressional campaign quite well.   Democrats in particular can continue to ignore the sentiments of the American people and forge ahead with their own rather radical agenda but trust me they do so at their own peril.  In surveying the political landscape it appears to me that the recent election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate is only the tip of the iceberg.
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January 28, 2010
Politics are just way too complicated for me. If you only see how grueling the session with Paulson was! But, well the guy was paid hundred of millions of dollars! It still puzzled me how any individual could earn so much while the rest of the people may not even have a job!!!
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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.

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