Joyanna Adams

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Nobody’s Email: How to Fix Congress

Nobody Got Email

(Do you dream of a government that works? Do you also dream that you had a one night stand with Brittany Spears and she fell madly in love with you and gave you all her money? Can we all go to sleep and wake up in 1980 again and start over?Can I go back in time and marry John Lennon?)

Nobody always likes it when I get emails from my liberal friends, because it’s a good sign that they are also fed up with the power and the glory. Trouble is: they think the Republicans are the problems of Congress, not the democrats. Here’s an email, that claims that Warren Buffet made this up and sent it around the internet. I doubt it serioulsy, (some girl named Rosie did it) but it does have very good suggestions.  The chances of any Congrass voting themselves out of big pensions, raises, term limits, health care, and cushy travel expenses are about the same as you or I winning the lotto, or Michael Moore marrying Joe Biden.

But we can dream can’t we?

(Thanks to JR)

Warren Buffet in a recent interview with MSNBC suggested these things. “I could end the deficit in five minutes……

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. 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 years-olds) took only 3  months and 8 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 took one year or less to become  the law of the land, all because of public pressure.

***

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

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 by 6/1/12. 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 terms then go home and back to work.
This is how you fix Congress!

 

 

March 24, 2012 - Posted by | Congress | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. As I have mentioned before Congress already does participate in Social Security and they have part of their pension funded by their own money and they choose health plans (that they pay a portion of just like any other Federal employee) from a bunch of different companies. The old Federal employee pension program was CSRS and was very generous as far as retirement went. Somewhere in the eighties that pension program was “reformed” and FERS was born. FERS retirement is much less generous and relys on three parts. Social Security, Thrift Savings Plan and FERS. Social Security you already know about and there are no special rules for Congress. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is like a 401K where you put in your own money up to a maximum of $16,000+ a year and you get to withdraw that money at whatever pace you like when you retire. The third portion is FERS which is calculated for Congress at the rate of 1.7% x their high three average salary x the number of years of service. They still have to meet the age and years of service to actually retire from the federal government. (If they don’t meet age and time in service they don’t get to receive any retirement money until 62 or the minimum age they can retire under SS.) So say a Senator was elected in 2010 and they only stay the one term. So under FERS they would receive an annual pension of $17,799. And since they only worked 6 years they would not get an immediate pension since they would have to wait until they reached 62 to collect anything from FERS or SS since they did not meet the time in service requirement. I can provide the document that outlines this if you want to read it yourself. Now those old timers (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara McCulski, Steny Hoyer etc) that have been in forever are covered under CSRS and those people will get a very generous pension from the government when they leave since they have been in since dirt was invented. But it’s been 20 years since the generous retirement plan has been in service for all Federal employees and now they are all under FERS except for any that were hired prior to FERS being implemented. Those people are beginning to finally retire so it won’t be long now until only FERS only will be the plan for employees.

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    Comment by dancermommd | March 26, 2012 | Reply

    • That was great information Dancermommd….either way when it comes to pension, most of the govenment employees have a much better retirement package than the private sector. Not to mention, there are so many millionaires in Congress, they could very well pay for thier own Health Insurance…just the stuff they are always complaining that ‘rich’ people should do.

      Joyanna Adams

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      Comment by joyannaadams | March 26, 2012 | Reply

      • Just so you know, the rest of the Federal employees pension is calculated at 1% and not the 1.7% Congress is calculated at. And it might be better than private industry, I am not really sure about that so I can’t speak to it. I agree that Congress is elected as paupers and somehow leave as millionaires. (That must explain why they are all lawyers.) I think that’s why term limits are so important and if they won’t legislate term limits for themselves then it is up to us to institute term limits by voting them out.

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        Comment by dancermommd | March 27, 2012

      • I couldn’t agree more!

        Joyanna Adams

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        Comment by joyannaadams | March 27, 2012

  2. All good ideas, but decades too late. More than half the electorate now depends on debt financed gov’t jobs, pensions, contracts, and racial group-entitlement handouts. It’s like the Titanic when that critical +1 compartment started to fill with water…this ship is going down, and soon. Invest in lead.

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    Comment by CompassionateFascist | March 25, 2012 | Reply

  3. YES.

    YES.

    A Hundred times YES.

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    Comment by Amfortas | March 25, 2012 | Reply


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