...no wait, that's taken. But I was thinking. Actually reading. It was an email that I received, several times over the last couple years. The beginning is different this time, but it ends the same. It has to have gone around the Internet a few times, and somebody changes it, and it goes around a few more. But it got me thinking.
This time, the email was titled Congressional Reform Act. I don't see a member of Congress proposing it. But a Presidential Candidate could run on it (unlikely), or, a President could push it after being elected (still unlikely, but a possibility).
Among the things I liked:
Term Limits - I've heard the argument against, and I don't buy it.
No Pension - get term limits and you've pretty much taken care of this one.
Pay raises tied to inflation - they do need pay, otherwise normal folk won't run.
No special medical - make they pay for the same plan other government employees pay for. And make it against the law for a government employee staffer to do anything, ANYTHING, in assisting with this. Once they find out how hard it is to figure your plan out, see a doctor, change plans, etc., they would work to fix it. (Ohio, Aetna HMO, for a family, Federal Government employee pays 25% of the cost - take that Wisconsin State employees)
The argument often heard from the left for the nonsense in Wisconsin is that they were promised something - the right to negotiate for their salaries, and for their benefits. The argument some on the right make is that when the unions negotiate with the left...there is no negotiation. The union votes left, the left votes union pay and benefits.
The American people did not make past contracts with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
These clowns in Washington (Republicans included) are asking us to sacrifice. I'm ready - for them to lead!
Members of Congress did not receive a salary until 1855. It hasn't always been this way. It CAN change.
"Actions speak louder than words" let Government show us their sacrifices first. They want to lead, let them lead in cutting back, sacrificing. BTW that was one of Grandma Blanche's favorite sayings..among many others.
I don't think that Congress would sit still for being reduced to the level of 'common Federal Employees'. They exempt themselves from everything and therefore wonder why others in Federal service feel any pain at all. It was most telling when they rammed ObamaCare down the throats of the American people, while exempting themselves.
The Congressional Reform Act would not be passed by any Congress I've seen.
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