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!?
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.
- 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.
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.
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.