The Congressional Reform Act of 2013

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. 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 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 12/31/2013. 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.


Don’t you think it’s time?


~ by yougottobekidding on April 22, 2013.

2 Responses to “The Congressional Reform Act of 2013”

  1. I see this or similar often but there is never a suggestion as to how we get Congress to go along with it. It is a GREAT IDEA – PERFECT! But I, for one, don’t wish to pass this along as email forwards over and over. Where does the buck stop?

    • In all my decades of work, whenever Management has been the problem, this has always been the hardest problem to fix. It is extremely difficult for humans to look into the mirror and say, “Gee, I’m the one at fault.” We have raise 2 generations of children that have been taught some ill conceived self-esteem idea that “you’re okay, something/someone else is the problem”. Those so taught are now in leadership positions. It will be most difficult to reform them.

      You hear all the talk about cutting back things like air traffic controllers because of the sequester. Funny thing: it is not the budget that has been cut, it is the expanded spending that has been cut. So why is it that we had enough money for air traffic controllers last year but don’t this year when it is the expanding spending that has been cut? Hmmm…

      What has to happen is that we need to have a national debate on what the proper role of government should be. What services do we want from the government? What services do we want from private organizations? (The latter is always cheaper and more efficient). Once decided, then we all will need to contribute to the cost of said services. Cost too much? Then do without the service or find another way.

      The two biggest costs are the military and entitlements. Spend there has to be cut, reformed, adjusted to the available money. We simply cannot continue to spend money that we don’t have, borrowing from the future to pay for today’s wants and needs. That is the road to ruin as, eventually, you have pay a price. The longer that you spend beyond your means, the more that you spend beyond your means, the heavier the price is that you must eventually pay. It matters not if you are an individual, a municipality, state, or even a sovereign nation. There is a price to pay for financial mismanagement; there is no way to escape this.

      As for the items in this blog entry, I’ve seen many like this before. I would add one more:

      – The salary for members of Congress and the Senate, past and present, shall be cut in proportion to the spending deficit.

      We are running about a 40% deficit right now. We should cut the salary of those in charge of spending by that same amount. This should apply to both current and past members of that once august body. That way, they will feel some of the pain for their foolishness and will at least have some motivation to try to bring their financial house in order. And BTW, they cannot grant themselves a raise to make up the difference. No raises allowed until they bring spending in order.

      But again, when the problem is Management, it is most difficult to get the managers to first admit they are the ones to blame. It is practically impossible to get them to change their ways unless they are forced to do so. The force can come from their constituents assuming enough people care to mount a reform campaign and apply the pressure. That force can also come thru revolution which has been the traditional way people have thrown off oppressive governments as they look for a better life for themselves. I hope it never comes to that but that seems to be the road that we are on.

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