Forwarded to me by a friend.
Not quite so simple. But a start. Item 1 should be they can run for re-election ever 4 years but can only serve a maximum of 3 consecutive terms. Some type of modest pension system makes more sense. They can have the right to enter into a pension contract at any time during service by making up past payments to the system. Becoming vested in a pension plan only after 8 years, consecutive or not, makes sense.I agree career politicians are part of the problem.
Pay raises should be capped at say, 2-2 1/2% points a year.
Of course, they would receive no pay and they should pay for their own health benefits when out of office. However, they should be able to stay with the same insurance company and receive group prices. If they wish.
The writer suggests a good start. Setting it up is a little more complicated.
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
I know many of you will say "this is impossible." Let me remind you, Congress has the lowest approval rating of any entity in Government. Now is the time when Americans must join together to reform Congress - the entity that represents us.
We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House. These people will become American heroes
Congressional Reform Act of 2010
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 1/1/11.
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, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.