Where Did the Constitution Go?

Since nothing I could say would be as succinct on the matter of the deficit, as Warren Buffett’s comment on how to fix it, I’m posting it in its entirety here. Please pass on if you read and agree. The original link wasn’t working, only a Facebook photo comment, so please feel free to link to here, or perhaps the link on the name of the original poster on the bottom will be fixed soon.

Warren Buffett, “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 only 3 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!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.

By: Gene Vallee


2 Responses to “Where Did the Constitution Go?”

  1. You should have checked snopes first. The first part is a correct quote, the rest is not, and it turns out most of that claimed congressional reform act is inaccurate in addition to being years old and having nothing to do with Warren Buffet.

    • Well, even if it wasn’t him, I still think it would be a good idea to relegate Congress back to being a citizen’s honor, not a career that is exempt from the rest of society’s constraints. Part of what makes them so out of touch is that they do not have to live as the rest of us do. This leads to poor decisions based on utter lack of empathy. It is striking to me how profoundly similar this aspect of our society is at this point to the Roman Empire in the days of Nero. I know lots of people have made that comparison, but watching Terry Jones’ Hidden History of Rome really made it stark.

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