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Subject: Fw: Congressional Reform Act of 2011

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. TermLimits. 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 / NoPension. 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.
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 systemand participates in the same healthcare 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 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.


RESEARCHED REBUTTAL TO THE ABOVE E-MAIL :CRA2011
I had a chance to look this up, and here's what I found:
No bill called "Congressional Reform Act of 2011" or anything similar has been filed in the United States Congress.
One of the reasons the 28th Amendment was passed so quickly was due to the Vietnam War. There was intense social pressure to equalize eligibility to
vote and eligibility for the draft.
Congress people do pay into Social Security -- they have a generous pension plan, true, but most federal employees (including custodial staff, research
staff, etc.) have access to those pension plans.
Term limits are (in my opinion) a bad idea. The legislative process is, by its very nature, slow and frustrating. Forcing more turnover in legislative seats may
seem like a good idea to keep any one person from holding office for too long, but you wouldn't trade away your whole bullpen just because the season is
over, right? The most experienced legislators are (clearly) the ones who have been there the longest, and wouldn't you want a representative from your
district who knows the ropes and can get things done? Even if you don't, you can always vote them out! This just sounds like some political rhetoric: any
excuse to dump incumbents.
Congress currently cannot vote to raise its own pay (in the same term). If re-elected, a Congressperson may enjoy the pay raise approved by the previous
session. Furthermore, prior to the current 112th Congress (i.e., under 2008-2010), Congress voted to eliminate the automatic "cost-of-living" increases.
Congresspeople must abide by the laws they impose on the American people? What kind of craziness is that? That's one of the founding principles of our
country: rule of law. No person is above the law. Congresspeople are prosecuted all the time. Look at Tom Delay. This is already law.
Regarding health care laws, members of Congress are not exempt from the new health care reform policies. The federal government does offer health
benefits to its employees, and those are pretty choice benefits. However, under the Health Care Reform Act, anyone who doesn't have those benefits will be
able to apply for them.
Long story short... Yes, members of the U.S. Congress are well paid. However, we also ask that they maintain two full-time residences (one in D.C., which
ain't cheap, and one in their home district, lest their constituents think that their elected representatives are out of touch). That gets expensive. Further,
studies have shown that professionalized (i.e., full-time, salaried positions with decent benefits) legislatures draft better legislation (since it's their full-time
job) and are more responsive to constituent concerns. I don't think that's a bad thing.
F.J. Kohut III * a Full-Time Law Student

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