Occasionally, my political side sneaks out....
How to Fix Congress, in One Easy Decade
· No one in the legislative branch would be allowed to serve for more than six years consecutively. That means one term in the Senate and up to 3 terms in the House of Representatives. After that period of time, they would be required to go home and work regular jobs—NO LOBBYING! (In fact, there would be severe penalties for violation of this rule. Even if it’s not a law, WE can ensure that it is enforced by the way we vote.) After four years of working in the real world, they could again run for office.
· Benefits for members of Congress would be decided by the voters in open elections. They would not have the right to change any of their own benefits. (They decide ours—why do we have no say in theirs?)
· No global benefits for Congress (such as healthcare packages) could exceed those offered to the general public. PERIOD.
· Pensions, if any, could not exceed those offered to other government workers for service over the same period of years. (We may not want to offer pensions when people are serving only 6 years in a job. Besides, lack of pensions in Congress would be an incentive for people to go back to the real world and save for retirement just like the rest of us.)
· Salaries of Congress people would be reduced, and the perks severely curtailed. How can they relate to the middle and lower classes if they are living lives of privilege? Salaries should not exceed $100,000 per year, maximum. That’s enough for anybody to live on. Many of them are independently wealthy anyway—they don’t need the paycheck. (Take a page from George Washington’s book, people.)