Earlier this week, President Obama recommended to Congress that an independent, bi-partisan commission be appointed to review ways to lower the nation’s deficit. Like many independent commissions before this one, it has been the new way politicians avoid public scrutiny of their own ideas and actions.
It’s irresponsible and reckless to blame the president for this not-so-new method of passing the buck. It has deep roots with many other recent presidents. One commission that comes to mind was one to determine military base closings after the end of the Cold War.
With that volatile political hot potato too hot to handle, there wasn’t a congressman willing to vote for any base closure in their own particular district. The coward’s way out was to designate un-elected bystanders to do the dirty work.
This newest “business as usual” way of avoiding finger pointing must stop now. The big question is, why must the American taxpayer spend additional millions, if not billions, appropriating money for these commissions when we’ve already elected people to do decide such issues?
American taxpayers need to scream loud and clear that they are sick of spineless politicians afraid of their future job status and avoiding their responsibilities as representatives of the people.
Therefore, in the election this November, think of reforms we can finally place on all our elected politicians. It may be just the reforms necessary to return these elected officials back to citizen status. Make them stop looking at their “contributions to the nation” as a full-time job for life.
Here are my suggestions:
1. Term Limits: 12 years ONLY. Choose one of three 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
(Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.)
2. No Tenure/No Pension
A congressman collects a salary while IN OFFICE and receives NO PAY
outside of his/her official office.
(The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career
3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security .
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just like ALL Americans.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise
by the lower CPI or 3%.
6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the SAME
health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are VOID effective January
January 1st, 2011.
It’s important to note that the American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made these contracts with themselves.
Now is the time and the place to make changes that REALLY further the clean-up of one giant mess that took many years to create.
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