Quite a week, this one just past. The world saw the U.S. deeply embarrass itself in so very many ways. Now, with profound irony, those who fought against the most logical of steps to prevent corona virus’ spread are, not at all surprisingly, falling ill. And the messages coming out of the Houses and Senate are truly shameless, on all sides.
Seriously, think about the logic here, and then make noise to your Reps/Senators. Posting on FB spreads the word, but change comes when pressure is felt by lawmakers:
The BUFFETT Rule
Let’s see what people pressure is all about.
Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . .. $180,000 FOR LIFE.
Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. .. $174,000 FOR LIFE. Nonsense
Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. NONSENSE
Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . .$193,400 FOR LIFE. NONSENSE!
Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. $40,065 Unconscionable
Average Salary of a DEPLOYED Soldier . . .. . . .$38,000 UNCONSCIONABLE
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? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – 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.
This is one idea that really should be passed around. Congressional Reform Act of 20221. No Tenure / No Pension.
–> 1. 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 3/1/22. 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.Your senators and representative work for you. Contact them and make your point: Clear steps here.
And just a little bit of sweetness