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Congressional Reform Act of 2010
By A.M. (Al) Johnson


March 01, 2010


The following caught my attention while studied current events surrounding the arrogance of our Congress in addressing many important issues of the day relating directly to our well being.

Building on the foundation of the concerns expressed by the ground swell of public lack of trust towards Congressional isolation from the voice of public dissent, this following submission on a reformulation of Congress may be a timely discussion item. The proposal contains eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Many of you will say, "this is impossible". yet currently Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, now is the time when Americans can join together to reform Congress - the entity that "represents" US the citizens of the USA .

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

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
1a. Term Limits: 8 years only, one of the below listed options.
A. Two, Four year Senate terms
B. Four, Two year House term
C. One, Four year Senate term and Two, 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 moves to the Social Security system immediately.

All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

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 system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. (This should be the basis of a 28th amendment to the Constitution. There is a sizeable level of public support for such an amendment>)

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/2011. The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

What is written here may appear a radical suggestion to addressing the run a way largess Congress has awarded itself over the many past decades. It all has transpired under the "How to cook a frog" receipt. Slowly boil the water and the frog will never be aware of being cooked.

The purpose of this post to Sitnews is to provoke you into awareness for the coming 2010 Congressional elections. Should America think outside of the box to stop this mentality of being political King/Queen for life.


A.M. (Al) Johnson
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Senior Citizen, worrying for my Grandchildren, & Great Grandchildren's ability to meet the fiscal obligations my generation is saddling them with."

Received February 28, 2009 - Published March 01, 2010



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