I am in complete agreement with Warren Buffett and choose this Friday on my blog to spread his word.
(I got this originally from Melissa's blog.)
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the
best quotes about the debt ceiling:
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)“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 morethan 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) yearThe people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail,cell phones, etc.
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. I, like Melissa, choose to blog it instead of emailing it.)
In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
1. No Tenure / No Pension._*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*_
My words here - not Warren's - millions of Americans have had to figure out how to live without the pensions they planned and worked hard for because asshats like Mitch McConnell have protected big business instead of them. What would MM do if he got a taste of his own medicine? Whine loudly and publicly even more than he already does, that's what. But he, and the other fat cats like him deserve it. Why should they be on the winning end of a double standard that shouldn't even exist?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
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as allAll 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.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
That seems more than fair.
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
Especially since they feel like being elected means they have some mandate to do whatever stupid thing they campaigned about even though everyone knows they're really only in office because they were the least offensive choice.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 1/1/12. 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.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it willonly take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?
Sounds like simple common sense and something that should already be happening in a country that strives to be a class free society.THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!
If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.
You are one of my 20+ – Please keep it going, and thanks.
Spread the word or disagree with me in the comments. So far, we still have the freedom to complain about elected officials. Take advantage while it's still an option.