April 18, 2011

Constitutional Amendment

One of my readers sent me this e-mail and asked me to forward it to 20 people. I've got a better idea. Why don't I just post it? I have a few more than 20 daily readers. Now if my readers will just forward this to 20 of their e-mail contacts.

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 forward 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, 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.

How long do you think it would take Congress to fix Social Security if this happened? ... GOC

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%.

I've got a better idea. They only get a pay raise when the budget is balanced. Deficit spending means no pay raise for the congresscritters. What kind of politicians are they if they can't survive on their already generous salaries and all the money they get in bribes and graft? ... GOC

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

Wonder what that would do to Obummercare? ... GOC

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, just delete.

You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going...

I just did.

Posted by denny at April 18, 2011 03:42 PM  

Thank You Denny, I've been pondering how to induce term limits on our Scumbag "representatives".

Scholars, Please...

What would happen if a single state invoked a term limit on it's elected? Would it be superceded by Federal law or could it be enforced. If for example, enough citizens of Nevada could be weaned from the teat of Lobbyists, could we pass a law saying OUR legislators, As in Dirty Harry, were limited?

Posted by: Steve Smith on April 18, 2011 06:38 PM

Great idea ... not gonna happen. The only way this becomes law is if the crooks vote for it. Voting for 18 year olds was an easy amendment ... they are mosly young and liberal anyway.

I'd like to see an amendment that only gives a vote to taxpayers, as in people who actually PAY taxes.

Posted by: Chuck on April 18, 2011 07:07 PM

Thanks, Denny - and I agree with Chuck - taxpayers only! No felons, illegals, welfare mamas, etc. Oh yeah, and anyone with an IQ low enough to watch a Micheal EatMoore "movie" gets banned, too.

Posted by: Jane Austen on April 18, 2011 07:16 PM

Unfortunately, as attractive as these are, they aren't the solution to the problem. Unfortunately, these days, only rich bastards (with no reference to you, Denny) can afford to spend the money (or incur the debt) necessary to campaign and get elected. Also, with the technology that we have today, WHY does any legislator need to have a second home in the D.C. area. Surely the CBO can price networking 1500 sites across the US and make a case for decentralizing the members of government if not the function of the government.

I think Maryland needs their swampland back.

If any of the rest of you have better suggestions (other than politicide), let's hear 'em.

Posted by: stine on April 19, 2011 01:03 AM

How about:
A maximum of three terms or portions thereof in federal elected office, no more than two of which may be in one category;
Serving in federal elected office forever bans that individual from receiving any compensation or benefit, in any form, from the federal government, except for pay and benefits commensurate with rank in the active duty military and military reserves;
During service in federal elected office residence must be maintained in government-owned dormitory quarters in Washington, D.C., in apartments not to exceed two bedrooms, in buildings no farther than one air mile from the U.S. Capitol Building;
Annual salary during elected service shall be no greater than $500K, from which all office, staff, travel and related elected-office expenses shall be disbursed; any changes to that compensation rate shall require approval of 2/3 of the voting electorate during a presidential election, and shall take effect in the 5th year after approval.

Posted by: Terry on April 19, 2011 02:06 AM

I would think a single term would be enough for any of these bastards. The best place to start is with Omanbama so please do everything in your power to get out the vote against the entire democrat party and take back our country . While you are at it write call or email the RNC and let them know we are taking the party back and the ass kissing reach across the isle party is over. If we fail to do our part then we have lost The U.S.A. forever

Posted by: Darrell G on April 19, 2011 10:16 AM

Screw pay for congresscritters. Make salaries for House, Senate, Supreme Court and the Executive "need based." If they are rich, no salary and definitely no benefits. Right now our Senators are all filthy rich. No way John Kerry or Harry Reid should receive a pay check. They are rich.

Posted by: Billy Ray in Cowtown on April 19, 2011 01:38 PM

I agree wholeheartedly. Terry has an excellent point about Washington, DC housing for the Congress critters. That would put an end to Ron Wyden's antics. He is Oregon's senior senator. He maintains a very small apartment (like 800 square feet)in Portland, and lives almost full-time in New York City with his new wife who apparently refuses to relocate to Oregon. This essentially makes him New York's third senator, leaving Oregon with one, the first-term Jeff Merkeley, a lib Dumocrat,

I am passing this on to Lars Larson, a local and national talk-show host. I am sure he will give it some air time, although he says that the country already has term limits on politicians through the ballot box. That is true, in a way. But there are no real term limits if the voters keep on electing these dip-shits in repeatedly. A number of good examples are Patty Murray (fourth-term Senator), Teddy Kennedy (in Congress for damned near ever) John Heinz-Kerry, Scary Harry Reid, Max Baucus, Olympia Snowe, Nancy Pinocchio Pelosi,and many more too numerous to list here.

Posted by: Scottiebill on April 19, 2011 03:06 PM

I disagree with this, but I am not going to just delete it. Instead, I am going to take the time to respond to it because I believe it is important.

First, let me point out that former Speaker of the House, Democrat Tip OíNeal, said it, but itís the truth: ďAll politics are local.Ē

Hereís the thing; except for the President and Vice President of the US, all other elective offices in this country are indeed local offices.

I'm from Kentucky. And right now, Kentuckyís Senators are newly elected Rand Paul - who won in a landslide among Kentucky voters - and veteran Senator Mitch McConnell, who just narrowly won his last election. We have no say in the senatorial choices of other states, and they have no say in ours. Why was Teddy Kennedy in the Senate for over 40 years? Because the majority of voters of Massachusetts wanted it that way. Why was Robert Byrd the longest serving Senator in history when he died late last year? Because the people of West Virginia continued to choose him. I disagreed with both Kennedy and Byrdís political stance, but I had no say in the election of either one. And that is how it should be in a Federal Republic such as ours.

So - why am I against congressional term limits?

Well, itís because most of the people who wish to limit the terms of Congressmen and Senators tend to be upset with other peoples representatives, not their own. With all of the complaining about congress, why do you suppose so many Senators and members of Congress continue to get re-elected over and over? Itís because most people are satisfied by the status quo as it pertains to their own local pols.

I, for one, can hardly stand the sight of Nancy Pelosi. I wonít go into the details of why, except to state that she is diametrically opposite to nearly every political philosophy I hold. But to her constituents in San Francisco, she is a perfect fit. My opinion of her is irrelevant because she was chosen by the people of San Francisco to be *their* representative, not mine. The only way I would get a say in their choice would be for me to move to San Francisco. (...and that ainít happening!) If you and your constituents find and elect a representative that you like and who does a good job year after year, then it should be up to you and your constituents, not some arbitrary term limit law, whether or not he or she should serve beyond six, eight or even 41 years. With a term limit law, that choice is foreclosed upon and reduces the freedom of choice of everyone.

I have been saying it for years now and I am saying it again: The problem in this country is not our politicians. They are only a symptom. The biggest problem in this country is that we have too many people who would rather have free-stuff than free-dom.

Term limits are not going to solve that problem. Winning the culture war is the only thing that will.

Posted by: Roy on April 20, 2011 10:00 PM
Post a comment