An Overlooked Part of The Swamp That Also Needs Draining
Here's something somebody forwarded to me today, supposedly circulating of Facebook and supposedly at least partially attributed to George Soros. Although I'm not a Facebook or a George Soros Fan, it does make sense.
It has to do with the original intent of our founding fathers that we would be served by citizens who were only temporarily serving as politicians. Most of us would agree that politicians have become a very unique privileged class which for the most part has done little to really help our country.
Since the majority of the problems Trump was elected to fix are primarily if not entirely financial, what about these interesting facts?
Consider these facts, whether they are justifiable, and whether or not they contribute to (or set a good example is solving) our financial problems:
Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.
Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid
Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid
Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000
Here’s where the cuts should be made!
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".
The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simply because the people demanded it. That was in 1971 – long before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet, in addressing these facts, once said that if each person (like I'm doing now) asked each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list and in turn asked each of those to do likewise, in just three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.
This is one idea that really should be passed around and here is the suggested essence of what knowledgeable people think should the….
The Congressional Reform Act of 2017
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. 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. Social Security funds may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congress 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 go back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It's time!
I agree that this is a very reasonable suggestion. What do you think? If Trump wants to "drain the swamp", how about draining the part of it that has flooded Congress?
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