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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Cobbs Creek, VA

    This is how you fix congress!

    Some of you might think this is political, it isn't. It is an email that I believe myself and think it should be put out to the public. As it says at the end…WE, the people of the United States, are the only ones that can make a change. It might take a long time, but it sure makes sense to me. I hope you will agree and pass it along. I do hope I haven't infringed on your beliefs. It is NOT my intention. .

    Salary of retired US Presidents . . . . . . . . . . .
    $180,000 FOR LIFE

    Salary of House/Senate members . . . . . . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE
    This is stupid

    Salary of Speaker of the House . . . . . . . . . .
    $223,500 FOR LIFE This is really stupid

    Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders . . . . . . . .
    $193,400 FOR LIFE Ditto last line

    Average Salary of a teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40,065

    Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . . . . . . $38,000

    I think we found where the cuts should be made! If you agree
    pass it on, I just did.

    Warren Buffet, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of
    the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

    "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 one (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 2013

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    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

    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/women are
    void effective 12/1/13. The American people did not make this contract with

    Congress 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

    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.
    Don't you think it's time?


    If you agree, pass it on. If not, delete.
    You are one of my 20+ - Please keep it going, and thanks

    " Blessed are those who walk with one hand held by God and the
    other one held by a friend. In God we trust "
    The only easy day was yesterday
    Dedicated to my brother in law who died
    doing what he loved being a Navy SEAL

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Battle Creek Michigan
    I’ve seen this thing several times and it irritates the hell out of me to have to defend Congress, especially right now, but come on! Congress lies enough without people spreading fabrications about their benefits. While they are, IMO, self-serving, arrogant, holier than thou bastar*s they do not receive the benefits as you have outlined them.

    The best thing the American people can do for themselves is get off their asses and tell Congress what they want them to do. This should include, as a minimum, TERM LIMITS which, in combination with the people doing THEIR job, I feel would solve most of our problems.

    Congress: Leadership Members' Salary (2013)
    Leaders of the House and Senate are paid a higher salary than rank-and-file members.
    Senate Leadership
    Majority Party Leader - $193,400
    Minority Party Leader - $193,400
    House Leadership
    Speaker of the House - $223,500
    Majority Leader - $193,400
    Minority Leader - $193,400
    A cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) increase takes effect annually unless Congress votes to not accept it.
    Benefits Paid to Members of Congress
    You may have read that Members of Congress do not pay into Social Security. Well, that's a myth.
    Prior to 1984, neither Members of Congress nor any other federal civil service employee paid Social Security taxes. Of course, they were also not eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Members of Congress and other federal employees were instead covered by a separate pension plan called the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The 1983 amendments to the Social Security Act required federal employees first hired after 1983 to participate in Social Security. These amendments also required all Members of Congress to participate in Social Security as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they first entered Congress. Because the CSRS was not designed to coordinate with Social Security, Congress directed the development of a new retirement plan for federal workers. The result was the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986.
    Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation.
    Note: Starting in 2014, the only health care coverage made available to members of Congress and their employees by the federal government will be coverage offered through the Health Insurance Exchange created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - the "Obamacare Act."
    Members elected since 1984 are covered by the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS). Those elected prior to 1984 were covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). In 1984 all members were given the option of remaining with CSRS or switching to FERS.
    As it is for all other federal employees, congressional retirement is funded through taxes and the participants' contributions. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes.
    Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.
    The amount of a congressperson's pension depends on the years of service and the average of the highest 3 years of his or her salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member's retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.
    According to the Congressional Research Service, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service as of Oct. 1, 2006. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.
    US Congress Salaries and Benefits
    Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia...Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

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