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Congressional Reform Act of 2011

I received the following article in an email from one of my brothers, now while I normally ignore emails that asked to be passed on or spread around to your friends and others, etc., I found this one to be a little different.  Not to be mention, an interesting idea.  It follows here:   

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it.  That was in 1971 . . . .before computers, before

e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land . . . . all because of public pressure.

I’m asking each addressee to send this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1.  Term Limits.

    12 years only, and one of the possible 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

2.  No Tenure / No Pension.

     A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. 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.

4. Congress can buy their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

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

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.
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.

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. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!  If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, then just drop it.

See what I mean?  An interesting idea right?  Making our representatives live on their own salaries, like us, without having the “cash cow” that is the American Taxpayer to draw from when they feel the need (which is usually the rest of their lives)!  Nice idea!  Feel free to copy and pass this on if you want!

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Congress Honors Cold War Veterans

In the recent June/July 2010 Issue, VFW had a couple of articles that I thought were worthy of printing here.  Here is the first one about our Cold War Vets, the second and last will follow this one.  It is about honoring our homeless veterans.  Here is the first one, if you  know a veteran, please pass this on.   

Congress Honors Cold War Veterans 
 
In recognition of the “sacrifices and contributions” made by U.S. troops who served during the Cold War, the House unanimously approved H.R. 900 on March 21. 

 The resolution notes the Cold War lasted from Sept. 2, 1945–the date of the formal Japanese surrender ending World War II–to Dec. 26, 1991–the day the Soviet Union ceased to exist. It recalls the hundreds of military exercises and operations, the millions of Americans who served valiantly and the Americans who sacrificed their lives.   

  

It defined the Cold War’s purpose as “defeating communism and promoting world peace and stability.” It also encourages U.S. citizens to honor the sacrifices and contributions of those who served.   

The American Cold War Veterans, Inc., lobbied Congress to pass the resolution. The group’s spokesman said his members are pleased, but would have preferred that the legislation specify May 1 as an annual day of recognition.   

“This is just a small step to the final solution,” said Sean Eagan, a VFW life member. “In order to get all House members to vote for it, the [House Armed Services] committee told us we would have to strip the reference to May 1.”   

Eagan says his group hopes to accomplish that goal in the future. According to VFW’s Cold War Clashes: Confronting Communism, 1945-1991, 382 Americans were killed by hostile action during the Cold War.   

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