Equality for Americans and Congress

I received this as a forwarded email and I generally loathe receiving forwards because I don’t think that my blessings are tied to how many people I send an email to but that’s another story.  I found this one interesting and wanted to see what you all think…

Congressional Reform Act of 2011:

  1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are 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 are void effective 1/1/12. 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.
After reading these suggested reform measures, it made me wonder whether its necessary for Congress persons to have these special privileges as servants of the American people and would it cause them to treat their positions as more of job if their benefits more closely resembled those that most of us have?

One thought on “Equality for Americans and Congress

  1. Don says:

    Hilarious. Although I cannot help but the seriousness in such an idea. Of course I understand exactly where both you and the author are coming from.

    Due to Congressional members owning benefits that pretty much render them void of struggles, like the majority of Americans, I too believe it prevents them from recognizing certain things.

    Such as: Adversity, Frustration, Discomfort, Constant financial worry and stress.


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