Congressional Reform Act of 2011
It does provide some food for thought. Here is some of what I have been thinking -
Members of Congress should not receive a “defined benefit” government pension, funded by “employer contributions” from the United States Treasury. Social Security and Medicare taxes should be withheld from their wages. They should be able to contribute a portion of their salary to a 403(b) plan (with no “employer” match) and a 457 deferred compensation plan.
I do agree that Congress should not be able to vote for their own pay raises. Pay increments for “Congresscritters” should be liked to the CPI and be the same as the increments for Social Security beneficiaries and other government “employees”.
Members of Congress should be able to participate in the same health care plan as other government “employees” during their term in office only, but should be required to contribute toward the cost of the plan, as most non-government employed Americans currently do. When they leave office they should be able to buy health insurance from the government for a limited period of time, a la COBRA.
Congresspersons should obviously abide by all the laws of the land, and be subject to the same penalties as “normal” Americans if they break these laws. They should be subject to the same monetary penalties and possible jail time as the rest of us if they cheat on their taxes (i.e. Geithner and Rangel). A mere slap on the wrist and being told you are a bad boy in front of the class, when any other taxpayer would serve a jail sentence, is not acceptable.
A “Congresscritter”, or government official, cheating on his/her taxes is like an employee stealing from his/her employer. Those who do should be automatically and immediately removed from office or fired.
While the forward does not mention the issue, perhaps there should be term limits on the idiots in Congress. A total of 12 years is plenty of time for one individual to screw the American public.
What do you think?
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