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erm 11-30-2011 09:51 PM

Damn Good Idea!!!
I work for a Berkshire Hathaway company and try to keep an eye out on what our Chairman, Warren Buffett, has to say about current events, corporate business practices, government fiscal foolishness, etc...

The "Oracle of Omaha" had this to say about the debt ceiling, government costs and where to cut:

"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.

I would add to this, Esteemed Chairman...

8. No person shall serve more than 3 terms in the Congress or the Senate.

CajunDodge 11-30-2011 11:29 PM

Very well put and I agree, especially about it not being a career. Time to stand in the unemployment line at the end of their term(s) and make them manage money like they force the rest of us to!

- Cajun

moparornocar72 11-30-2011 11:37 PM

yeah i say that also with this super committee that cant seem to reach an agreement, that or play russian roulette until they reach a decision.

snrusnak 12-02-2011 11:41 PM

Very good idea indeed!

It's a shame but our country/economy went to hell when it became a business.

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