Monday, June 11, 2012

An email forwarded to me from a friend.

That today I learned from another friend it's old news and has been around for years. Now I don't put other people's stuff on my blog. However this came as news to me. So for my friends that don't live in United States, please don't laugh too hard at me or us for too long. Learning that the people we vote to represent us in the United States Congress. Once there they no longer seem to work for the people who sent them there. If Warren Buffet wrote this and it's true which I hope it is but wish it's not. Understanding now why so much money is spent trying to get elected to public office, this year alone over a billion dollars will be spent in advertising not counting what will be spent in the race for President. 

This is a copy of the email that was sent to me

Winds of Change....
Warren Buffet is 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.

This is one idea that really should be
passed around.

_*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.
The following was not in the email.
Did a bit of fact checking and this is what I found.
(As of  January, 1 1984 Congress participates in Social security.
Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation.)

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 12/31/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women 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.

I guess We The People have little say in government when the people who make the laws don't have to abide by them. If my math is right 535 people make up the legislative branch of government. Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation. Can anyone outside of congress say they are vested after only working for just 5 years? 
#5. Like to see how much they like the Health care system after paying for their own premiums for a few years.

It is my view that congress isn't working to make life better for the people of the this country, but then again we can't afford the advertising needed to get them elected but the new person named corporation can. One question the humans that work for a corporation do they get to vote twice? Once as a human then as a corporation. Just saying don't make sense, why The United State Supreme Court ruled that way. I maybe wrong about everything I wrote in this. Just saying what I think, the system doesn't work right or the way it should.

Okay I'll get off my soap box now thanks for reading!    


Anonymous said...

You're 100% right! Why should they be treated any different than you or I!

Mary K. Mennenga said...

It would be nice if life was fair but it not. Would like to think that, more people would be upset by this but then again what good would that do?

Anonymous, Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.