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Written by Concerned Citizen   
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, before e-mail,
before 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.

We're 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.

Proposed Congressional Reform Act of 2011
      1.  Term Limits - 12 years only, a possible option below..
              Six Two-year House terms
      2.  No Tenure / No Pension.
              A Congressman collects a salary while in office and
              receives no pay when they are out of office.
      3.  Congressmen/women cannot vote on a bill unless they pass a test
              on the contents of the bill, administered by a citizen board.
      4.  If a member of congress misses 2 votes he loses his job and an interim
              election is held for the seat.
      5.  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.
      6.  Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as
               all Americans do.
      7.  Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  
               Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
      8.  Congress loses their current health care system and
               participates in the same health care system as the American people.
      9.  Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on
               the American people.
      10. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void
               effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make contracts with Congressmen for their benefits addressed above.  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. THIS WOULD BE A GOOD START!

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.

The American People rallying around and promoting such a policy for limitations on Congress can be a major step in bringing about the change that is so needed in the United States.  It seems that these basic measures would form a common ground upon which all of us would agree.  If YOU agree with the above, pass it on.