There’s been talk around the Internet about setting term limits on members of Congress. Many people feel the system is broken, beyond repair. Enter, “The Congressional Reform Act of 2012”.
The person that created this bill made some really good points, many I’m in favor of. There are 10 measure the bill would impose.
Congressional Reform Act of 2012
1. Term Limits. 8 years only, one of the possible options below..
A. Two 4-year Senate terms
B. 4 Two-year House terms
C. One 8-year Senate term and Two 4-Year House terms
D. One 8 year term for Supreme Court Justices
If term limits are requisite for the President, Vice-President, and State Governors, then they most certainly are equally imperative based on the same principles for ALL of our legislators and even the judicial high seats.
Analysis – I like term limits. It prevents politicians from being complacent about what they’re supposed to be doing, that is, legislating. However, I don’t like putting limits on Supreme Court Justices. The judicial and legislative branches of government should operate separately. That means no elections for judges! All should be appointed on the federal state and local levels. There’s nothing I hate more than a biased judge.
2. No Tenure / No Pension.- A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
Analysis – Here, Here!!
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.
Analysis – Damn straight!
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
Analysis – Ditto! If you think about it, a Congressperson, sitting in office for only 1 term (ONE TERM!) gets a pension. What’s wrong with this picture?
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of the Consumer Price Index (CPI )or 3%.
Analysis – The main problem with congress is that they see themselves on a higher plain that common folk. If they get a 3% raise each year, that would be more of an incentive to get others the same raise every year.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
Analysis – Another example of congress being “exclusive”. It’s sickening to hear these Republican “Gutless Cowards” cry about not having their health insurance start when their term starts! It’s also disgusting to point out that the same GOP members are steadfastly against giving the American people what they get for free…a choice of plans! How un-American is that?
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
Analysis – Fuckin’ “A”, Bubba! Every time I hear some Congress member getting into trouble, the more I shake my head. Talk about Megalomania?
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make these contracts with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Analysis – Another example of “exclusivity” on congress! No one’s special!
9. Make all lobbyists and special interest groups illegal. They have no basis or rights for their existence except the greed of the oligarchs they represent. This is the heart of our dysfunctional government system. This is “legal bribery” in America and the Supreme Court has sanctioned it.
Analysis – CO-SIGN! One of the biggest problems in last year’s elections was the influx of money on elections. The “Citizens United” decision was the worst decision ever made by the courts! That opened the flood gates for any corporation with a vested interest in a cause to give un-abated. The fact is, NO ONE KNOWS WHERE THIS DIRTY MONEY COMES FROM! As far as anyone’s concern, the campaign money could have come from Saudi Arabia, Russia, or even Iran!
10. All campaign contributions, corporate or private, cannot exceed $250 max. No candidate can use their OWN money to campaign with. This violates the constitutional principles of equal opportunities for ALL people in the nation. If candidates qualify for federal campaign monies, then that is what they can use. Otherwise, they hit the trail like everyone else for the last 200 years.
Analysis – Agreed! By making it illegal to use your own money in campaigns, that will force you to actually campaign based on your personality and what you stand for! If you’re a “bumbling idiot”, no one’s gonna contribute money to that candidate.
The person who posted proposal on a Yahoo! message board made a pretty good argument.
Let’s face it people, the “two party system” in this country is DEAD. It has devolved, along with the congress, into a worthless, childish, self-serving group of name-calling morons whose only claims to representation are those of rancorous rhetoric and passing legislation favoring their lobbyist lords and the elitist rich. We have NOT a republic, we have NOT TAXATION WITH REPRESENTATION… legislators DO NOT REPRESENT THE COMMON PEOPLE.
It is time for a MAJOR reset of our “system” of government. Time for us to get control of the incredibly dysfunctional form our government has devolved into and hit the “reset button.” This will require an effort equal to what happened in Egypt and Tunisia, and trying to happen in Libya. Until we have common people in the legislature and running the government, you are just going to change the faces but NEVER SOLVE THE PROBLEMS. You may think these are unrealizable goals, but then, how realistic was it when the Colonial Army took on the British in the war for independence? We won that one, too, in case you’ve forgotten….
Overall, the bill proposal sounds great. But let’s face it! No sitting legislator in congress will agree to these proposals! That would mean giving up power! And we’ve see what happens when people don’t want to give up power in other countries!
Just ask Qaddafi! Mugabe! Mubarak!
Short of a full-fledged, bloody revolt, the status quo will continue on.