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Quote: Originally Posted by Truthmatters View Post
Not bad but you need to reform who can give money in an election.
Agreed. Unions and Soros affiliated companies should not be allowed to give money to politicians
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Not bad but you need to reform who can give money in an election.

Really? Some people or organizations get to give money but others don't? Is that fair, you guys just love fair. I'd rather limit the contribution to say $500 for everybody, no excpetions, and I'd funnel it through an independent group that checks the donor for legality. If it doesn't check out then the money goes into the US Treasury.

I'd also require 3rd party ads to be listed, who paid for it and no funny bu siness trying to hide identities. Actually, I'd rather outlaw all rd party ads, but that's probably a violation of the 1st amendment. At least we should ensure full transparency for who's paying for what.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Truthmatters View Post
Not bad but you need to reform who can give money in an election.
Stupid people shouldn't be allowed to cancel my vote, but I can't help that either
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Just got this in an email. I don't know if it's true, bullshit, from Buffett, not from Buffett, or anything else about it.

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Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, 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.

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.

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. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. 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. 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 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.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
The first part is indeed from Warren Buffet. The remainder is editorial comment from someone else. Still, the ideas are quite in line with what should be done regarding congressmen and their perks. There is absolutely no valid reason that they should be granted any privileges, retirement programs, medical care of other benefits that exceed those available to the average citizen.

The problem is, they vote themselves these things and it will be difficult to take them away. Maybe an executive order by the President could do that.
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I am 100% for an ammendment like this. Could we also add that base pay is based on the medium income of the area sitting congessmen represent?
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