F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition -- a good old military acronym that pretty well describes the state of the US government at this point. I swear, our biddies have more sense than some of the partisan ideologues wasting our time and endangering our future just now.
As one of my friends recently said on Facebook, "Some days you just don't have enough middle fingers."
Here's a suggestion that might help our Congress to focus. I received it as an email yesterday.
(Well, it sounds like a start... but Sally T has just directed my attention to this - http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/congressional-reform-act/) which says that some of this is misinformation. I checked it out and am reminded I should always fact check such e mails. Still -- letting your Congresspersons know how you feel about their job performance is always a good idea
My husband suggests that, if the US must default on some debts, the salaries of Congress and their staffs should be paid only after other debts are satisfied.
Proposed Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when
they are 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. It may not be
used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans
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
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
1/1/12. 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.
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
LV - January 2012
8 years ago