Let's Make This Happen: Congressional Reform Act of 2011


Did you know that the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — which decreased the voting age from 21 to 18  — took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified!?
Why? 
Simple! The people demanded it. 
That was in 1971 — before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, before Facebook, before Twitter.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land, all because of public pressure. 
So there’s no reason why We the People can’t demand and pressure our supposed representatives to propose and approve the Congressional Reform Act of 2011. Here’s the proposal:
1. Term Limits: Representatives in Congress can serve a maximum of 12 years: 
  • Two 6-year Senate terms; or
  • Six 2-year House terms; or
  • One 6-year Senate term and three 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 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 (Consumer Price Index) 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, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. 

Congressional Reform Act. Let’s make it happen!
How?
If we each contact a minimum of 20 people then it will only take 3 days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. Tell your contacts about the Congressional Reform Act of 2011 and urge them to:

  • Send an e-mail to House Speaker John Boehner (SpeakerBoehner@mail.house.gov), asking him to propose the Congressional Reform Act of 2011. 
  • Tell your own Congresscritters to support the Congressional Reform Act of 2011 by going here.

H/t my friends Bill O. and Bob W.
~Eowyn 

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0 responses to “Let's Make This Happen: Congressional Reform Act of 2011

  1. So we send it around, how do we still make it happen?

     
    • Good point, Thomas. I amended my post to read, at the end, this:
      If we each contact a minimum of 20 people then it will only take 3 days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. Tell your contacts about the Congressional Reform Act of 2011 and urge them to:
      Send an e-mail to House Speaker John Boehner (SpeakerBoehner@mail.house.gov), asking him to propose the Congressional Reform Act of 2011.
      Tell your own Congresscritters to support the Congressional Reform Act of 2011 by going here.

      If Congress refuses to propose the bill, then we go the route of a Constitutional Amendment via asking our state legislatures to propose the Congressional Reform Amendment.

       
  2. I sent this one everywhere Eowyn!

     
    • Thanks, Tina, for your unstoppable enthusiasm and great fire-in-the-belly. You must tell us how you do it — for when we get the occasional blues….

       
  3. For the last many, many years at least, Congress has totally ignored everything the people have tried to say, and they have done absolutely nothing about anything for at least that many years. And just what are we paying them for anyway?
    I want you to add to the list that time clocks be installed and they will only be paid for time spent actually working on our (we the people) issues. They will be paid by the hour just like the regular people. None of this business of coming in for a couple of hours per year, visiting, chatting, drinking or whatever and ignoring the people and collecting a $100,ooo+ per year salary.
    And 6 years is too long. No more than 4 years, and if they’re good and their time card shows they’ve actually been working on the people’s causes, they may have another 4 years, then their out of there and can go looking for a job.
    Thank you!

     
  4. This is great. I’ve been posting comments on YouTube and other places saying nearly the same thing. It’s good to see I’m not alone. I served my country in the Navy and you’re right, it was a privilege and an honor. It was also a privilege and an honor to stand up with the best and sing the Star Spangled Banner with ALL the verses. And for anyone who’s too young to remember:
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stSTMN1NTE4)
    Great website!!!

     
  5. Excellent! Thank you. This needs to be on Facebook… get Palin’s attention.

     
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