Congressional Reform Act of 2013

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay or any other benefits when they’ve completed their term in 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 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 insurance and purchases their own health care insurance by the same rules as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. Congressmen & congresswomen will not be paid for their term if they do not have a balanced budget for the congress and country that effectively pays down our debt.

8.  All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women 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 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. Don’t you think it’s time?


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3 thoughts on “Congressional Reform Act of 2013

  1. In California, it can cost millions of dollars to get elected to a House seat, and tens of millions to get elected to a Senate seat. Compared to what they spend to get elected, their salaries are a trivial amount. Compared to what they cost us through graft, their salaries are nothing. It is a great honor to serve in Congress. Why should we pay them at all? There would be plenty of great candidates even if the salary were cut to zero. Personally, I believe that elected officials should have to pay the Treasury for the honor of serving us. In addition, they should be prohibited from voting on any law which would result in their personal enrichment, or the enrichment of any entity (person or corporation) which has ever donated to their campaign. Currently, a $10,000 campaign contribution is the best investment any business can make – it can yield tens or hundreds of millions in return at taxpayer expense. This creates a level of corruption in the U.S. which dwarfs the petty “baksheesh” payments which are so mercilessly prosecuted by the Federal government when they are extracted from American companies trying doing business abroad. Too bad those Third World countries don’t have sophisticated campaign contribution laws to put a gloss of legality onto the bribes they demand. Believe me, our Chinese competitors understand how to get contracts in backward countries. If we want to be competitive, instead of prosecuting American businesses who are forced to pay bribes to get contracts abroad, we should allow them to deduct those bribes as a valid business expense. After all nobody pays a bribe voluntarily. If anyone should be prosecuted, it should be the foreign official who demands the bribe, not the American company forced to pay it. But good luck with that – it would require massive bribes to the foreign government’s police and judiciary !

  2. Bravo! I agree entirely with the opinions I expressed above. In addition, I would add that television and radio campaign advertisements should be banned. This is not unconstitutional, since the First Amendment guarantees freedom of the “press”. The word “press” refers to written materials, which require that ink be “pressed” onto paper by a machine called a printing press. Unlike radio and TV, which are media perfectly designed for propaganda, reading requires the use of some degree of intelligence to process the candidate’s message. And print-only campaigns would cost far less to conduct, in addition to being waged at a much higher level of cortical activity. I love the idea of raising money for the Treasury by charging elected officials for the honor of serving in their offices. While we are at it, why not weight each voter’s vote by the amount of taxes they pay? One tax dollar, one vote. Welfare recipients and billionaires who pay no taxes could still vote – but their votes would carry a zero weighting. A typical salaried employee earning $60K and paying a third of that in taxes would get 20,000 votes. The more taxes you pay, the greater the weight given to your vote. I am certain that Justices Ginzburg and Soto-Mayor would have a problem with this, and even good old Scalia (can he please be cloned!) might object, so a constitutional amendment might be needed, but what a great investment that would be – we would have a truly fair, payer-centric government. Finally, the government would be run on the same fair basis as corporations, which give shareholders one vote per share. One tax dollar, one vote. That has a great ring to it. Can we start printing up bumper stickers and tee shirts with that slogan?

  3. Another simple rule.

    All elected officials may not serve consecutive terms and must return to private sector between posts.
    Ex: congressman serves 2 years, must go home for two years and can not run for any govt position for those two years.

    Senators must wait six years, the length of their terms.

    When our elected officials need real jobs other than political, then Washington will be run differently.

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