1. Term limits:
12 years only, lifetime limit. Serving in our government was never intended to be a lifetime job.
2. No tenure/No pension:
Our representatives collect a salary while in office and should receive no pay when they are out of office.
3. Congress, everyone (past, present and future) participates in Social Security:
All funds currently in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system. Congress participates along with the American people. How long do you think it would take Congress to "fix" Social Security if their retirement was contingent upon its solvency?
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do:
It makes no sense that we have to purchase our own private retirement plan and also have to pay for their retirement plan.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise or any other benefits:
What efficiently run company allows the people in charge to propose and vote for their own pay raises, benefits, exemptions, etc.? What a nutty system! Congressional pay should rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. No more than that, ever.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people:
No more Cadillac system for the Elites and something different for We The People.
7. Congress must abide by all laws they impose on the American people:
No more exemptions from what they force on us. If it's good enough for us, then it's good enough for them.
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/Senators are void effective 1/1/11:
The American People did not make any contracts with their representatives. The representatives made all of these contracts for themselves. Rather self-serving, isn't it? What a conflict of interest. No wonder they all lose their common sense when they arrive in Washington. It becomes a self-perpetuating job.
SERVING IN CONGRESS IS AN HONOR, NOT A CAREER. THE FOUNDING FATHERS ENVISIONED CITIZEN LEGISLATORS. THEY SHOULD SERVE THEIR TERM (S), THEN GO HOME AND GO BACK TO WORK.
I know many will say passing something like this is "impossible." But Congress has the lowest approval rating of any entity in Government in the history of this country. Americans are angry and the balance of power is likely going to change with the next elections.
NOW IS THE TIME WHEN AMERICANS SHOULD JOIN TOGETHER
TO REFORM CONGRESS
THEY REPRESENT US - WE THE PEOPLE
Email, call or write your representatives, both Senators and Congressmen and demand that they introduce a bill like this in both Houses. Contact the campaigns of candidates currently running for office and ask them to pledge to introduce a bill like this as soon as they get to Washington.
It's guaranteed that whoever does it will become American heroes.