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The Congressional Reform Act of 2011, The American Mandate, or, hopefully, our Constitution’s 28th Amendment


These 8 bullet points have been circulating on the internet since about April of last year in one form or another.  The closest I can come to an attribution is the Arizona Tea Party’s web-site, who claim to have penned it originally. 

 

 

 

 

May I present the “CONGRESSIONAL REFORM ACT of 2011”

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, encompassing 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

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

2. No Tenure / No Pension: Congressmen collect a salary while in office and receive no pay or benefits when they are out of office.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

3. Congressmen (past, present & future, including aides and staffers) participate in Social Security. This will be retroactive.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system. Congress participates with the American people. If that doesn’t work for you, FIX IT for everyone!

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

4. Congressmen can purchase their own private retirement plans just as all Americans can.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

5. Congress will repeal its automatic pay raises and no longer vote themselves pay raises. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3% after a five-year moratorium on pay increases. Any future pay raises shall be voted on in a nationwide referendum, with 60% of votes cast needed for passage.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

6. Congress will eliminate its current health care system and participate in the same free market health care system as the American people do.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

7. Congress must be equally subject to all laws they impose on the American people. Congress must repeal current exemptions for itself as a body and for individual Congressmen, and enact no further exemptions in future laws.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are null and void effective January 1, 2011. The American people did not make these contracts with the Senators and Congressmen. Our legislators made all of these contracts by and for themselves. This practice violates the principle of “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.


Here’s a sample letter of what to send to our federal elected Representatives and Senators.

 

Dear Senator XXXXXXXXXX

Please take the time to consider this suggestion on fixing Congress. For years we have had ‘professional’ legislators, for lack of a better term. Many have served for decades with the result that now our country is broke.

We have spent billions of dollars bailing out companies whose executive officers were making millions upon millions. We spent billions of dollars to keep unemployment below 8% via Stimulus Packages I & II, and that didn’t work. We see that the largest employer in the U.S. is the government, which produces nothing of value and adds nothing to the economy. Additionally, the government salaries are about a third more than private industry, with better medical and retirement benefits. Yet, it’s hard to put your finger on a government agency that is actually doing anything. The department of Energy? A joke! The department of Education, and our kids seem to be getting dumber and dumber. Banking? Lets not even go there! You know and I know it’s time to put a stop to all of this nonsense and get back to basics. 

A fellow citizen sent this proposed plan to me a few days ago, and I can’t think of one reason to disagree with any of it. They suggest promoting a “Congressional Reform Act of 2011,” which would contain eight fundamental provisions, all of which would have undoubtedly been strongly endorsed by our nation’s founders who drafted the concept of limited government into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As a result, I am sending this to everyone on my e-mail list, including conservatives, liberals, and those of no particular affiliation. Even though we may disagree on a number of issues, I count you, and them, as friends.

I know you might say this is impossible. Let me remind you, this Congress has the lowest approval rating of any in history. Now is the time when Americans must join together to demand the reform of Congress, the body we elect to represent us.

We need to get you to join all of the other Senators and Representatives to introduce and co-sponsor this bill in the United States Senate and build support in the House of Representatives. The members of Congress who push this will become American heroes. The question is, will you be our hero?

Please do not send me a form letter reply that vaguely touches on the subject matter. I believe this issue is important enough to warrant a personal response addressing each point listed below.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I await your reply.

Sincerely

(your name)

Comments

3 Responses to “The Congressional Reform Act of 2011, The American Mandate, or, hopefully, our Constitution’s 28th Amendment”
  1. Iris Iris says:

    Is there no website or focal point or any sponsor yet? Strange for it to have gone so viral without a sponsor….

  2. EdFulop EdFulop says:

    When I google search it, I find it on all manner of tea party/9.12 movement sites, in it’s exact form as above (including the repetitive phrase about the Founding Fathers after each bullet point), but there are nothing but pleas to get behind it.

  3. yorkiemum Victoria Thiel says:

    Fabulous will gladly send this out but shouldn’t this go to Congress and the Senate? On another point – is there a website where I can find a list of the new congressional members without having to go through the entire staff and match it against the previous list? Please send me an email.

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