Many people have longed for a way to even the playing, or should it be paying, field between Congress and the ordinary citizen.
A proposed amendment to the Constitution is an idea whose time is here. It would be the 28th amendment to the Constitution.
If one can remember back to 1971 when the 26th amendment lowered the voting age. North Carolina was the last state to ratify the amendment.
It was based on the premise that if you were old enough to fight, (this was a time when the draft for military service was still in place, it did not end until 1973), you were old enough to vote.
This was an idea that the people got behind, because the slogan made sense. How could the government send one to fight (the Vietnam War was going on at this time), without allowing the same person to vote for his or her favored representative in government.
Now the time has come for America to get behind another great, sensible idea, the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
It seems that Congress, who enact and pass laws, find themselves above much of the legislation that they pass.
Did you know:
Children of Congress members do not have to repay student loans.
Children of Congressional staff members are also exempt from repaying student loans.
A Congressional member can retire at full salary after only one full term and do not have to pay into social security/medicare.
Members of Congress are exempt from prosecution from some laws, such as sexual harassment.
Members of Congress have also exempted themselves from healthcare reform, i.e., Obamacare.
Members of Congress vote for their own pay raises, without any pressure to perform or performance review.
This sounds great! How many ordinary Americans wouldn’t like to sign up for this kind of deal.
If a worker has a pension plan, he or she has to work a certain number of years before they can draw on on it. Even military retirees of 20 plus years have to wait until they are 59 before they can draw their pension, regardless of what age they retire from active duty.
Surely any American worker would like to retire with a guaranteed salary for life of any job they had held in their career. This would be added to any retirement plans or savings one had put into place.
How many workers get to vote for their own wage increases, and how many get an increase without a performance review?
How many “recesses” does an average worker receive for holidays and seasonal changes?
Of course, the Congress members are allowed these absences from session because it is their job to interface with their constituents in their district. Some probably do, but many don’t make this a big priority on their recess calendars.
The time to reign in this epicurean delight of elected officials has come. Go to the web site above and sign the petition for the 28th Amendment.
It is hardly fair for the average family to struggle and try to stay in budget when those they elected to “represent” their interests are enjoying their lives and high quality benefits, which are paid for by those that struggle to make ends meet on what they earn.