"The Moment of Truth" or the Simpson-Bowles Report by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Circa 2010
The 28th Amendment
There is ample evidence that Congress needs reform. Unfortunately, Congress is unable to see the need for these reforms because it would mean that they would have to impose rules and regulations on themselves (instead of on everyone else). We can't imagine that they would willingly take away their own tenure or pension or enact term limits to their positions. Without pressure from American citizens, Congress will be loath to make any needed changes to the status quo. We must take action against this antiquated Congressional system and call for serious reform within the system.
Power has placed many of these people beyond the reach of democracy. We must instate term limits on Congress in order to see real action in Washington. Congressional tenure must be eliminated as it breeds complacency and a reluctance to act. Tenure has its purpose in different places in life, but it has no place in the political arena.
We must eliminate Congressional pensions. A Congressman/woman may collect a salary while in office, but will receive no pay when they are out of office.
Congress must also be held responsible for finding and buying their own retirement plans just like the rest of the American people. All funds that remain in the Congressional Retirement fund must move to Social Security immediately. All future funds must flow into the Social Security system as well and may not be used for any other purpose. Congress must participate in Social Security just like the rest of the American citizens. Congress must also cease the use of their current health care system and participate in the same health care system as the rest of the American people.
Congress must no longer be able to vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise with the lower end of the CPI, or by 3%.
Congress must abide by the same laws as the American people.
All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective immediately. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made 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.
This is the Congressional Reform Act of 2012. This is how we can fix Congress. This is the 28th Amendement. Spread the word, and help us “Enact the Plan!”