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Reader enlightens us on Congressional Reform Act

Published: 6:34 PM, 11/09/2012

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Dear Editor,


Are you aware of the Congressional Reform Act of 2011 and 2012? No action has been taken by either the House or Senate. Please contact our TN State Senators: Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and House Representatives: David Roe, John Duncan, Charles Fleischmann, Scott Desjarlais, Jim Cooper, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Stephen Fincher, and Steve Cohen to "stand up, do what is right and just" to implement this Congressional Reform Act, which follows:

As a citizen of the United States, I find the actions of career lawmakers reprehensible. I believe in the vision of our founding fathers in creating citizen legislatures. I am asking you to hold our leaders past, present, and future to the same rules and limits that every citizen must follow. While I understand that this causes a hardship on you and your envisioned career, I am only asking you to be the leaders we elected you to be and make hard decisions that benefit our country and the people you represent.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012:

1. Term Limits

12 years only, 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, and 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 purchase 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 the day this is signed into law.


The American people did 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. This would stop our elected officials from becoming career politicians and hopefully curtail corruption.




D.C. Thacker

Cosby, TN

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