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AMERICA: Stop encroachment by the government

Letter by Johnny Elesky, Tacoma on Nov. 2, 2010 at 11:15 am with 13 Comments »
November 2, 2010 11:15 am

In an effort to stop government’s encroachment into our personal lives and to ensure the financial health of America, I offer the following suggestions:

Term limits for all politicians; A congressman or woman collects a salary while in office and none while they are out of office. Congress participates in the Social Security system, and all congressional retirement funds, past and present, should be immediately moved into that system. Congress can purchase individual retirement funds, just as all Americans do. Congress can no longer vote themselves a pay raise. It will be based on inflation, same as all Social Security recipients. Finally, Congress must abide by all laws they impose on American citizens.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators to serve their terms and return to previous employer or retire. If there is one thing we have learned from this Congress, “power unchecked is power unleased.”

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  1. Simple, clear statement of changes I think we should all believe in!

  2. Sumner401 says:

    In an effort to stop government’s encroachment into our personal lives and to ensure the financial health of America,

    And just “encroachment’ are you talking about Johnny?
    If it’s real, and it isn’t how would term limits ‘fix’ it?

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    Bravo, Mr. J…….you are exactly correct. Let’s figure the extent of EarMark, and not allow that money out of the state. Let’s decide here how to spend our money, instead of letting PepperMint Patty get credit for allowing us to have some of our money back (after a goodly percentage of it has rubbed off on grubby fingers up and back the money trough)

  4. sincere says:

    sumner401, look up encroachment in the dictionary,then have someone explain the meaning to you.

  5. I agree with Mr. Elesky and Sozo – these changes are necessary, simple, and clear.

    One more change that I would like to see is the bills be written in plain English and the purpose and scope of the bill to be clearly stated in the title, address one subject area only, only amendments pertaining to the subject of the bill can be added, the final bill has to be posted on line for 72 hours before final the final vote. No amendments allowed once the bill is posted.

    No anonymous holds or threatened filibusters allowed to block floor debate. If someone wants to filibuster a bill they have to stand up on the floor and actually filibuster the bill.

  6. Lifelib says:

    I think that term limits sound nice until you realize that it then eliminates really good people along with bad ones…..really good people who have had a chance to figure out how to do their job well. Most of us can look back on our careers and realize that it took awhile to really figure out how to do it well. The Founding Fathers gave us all sorts of ways to keep a check on politicians who abuse their power….we can vote them out after 2, 4, or 6 years, depending on the office, or we can impeach or otherwise remove in between if necessary. Term limits are a blunt instrument when what is needed is the hard work of figuring out who is the best candidate. Our other job is to stop the big money interests from taking over our elections so that we can actually make a decision based on real facts and not just the loudest voice for their own greedy interests.

  7. aislander says:

    There is already so much structure in place, and it is so complex, that WAY too much power resides with unelected staffers and bureaucrats…

  8. bobcat1a says:

    Lots of wishes in this letter. Try wishing in one hand and spitting in the other and see which one fills up first. In case you haven’t heard, Term limits are unconstitutional and the constitution specifically says that Congress sets its own salaries. Do you have a clue what it takes to get a constitutional amendment passed? Good luck.

  9. Bobcat – the Constitution does not address or mention term limits, and I’m unaware of any law or Supreme Court decision rendering them unconstitutional.

    The other wishes are a Progressive thing – something to do with WE THE PEOPLE.

  10. beerBoy says:

    stop government’s encroachment into our personal lives would seem to be more about getting rid of blue laws than kvetching about incumbents.

  11. aislander says:

    No matter how hard statists try to deflect and obfuscate there is NO doubt that we are less free than we were a hundred years ago–hell, we’re less free than we were thirty years ago. De Tocqueville said, in effect, that, when freedom is lost, it is lost in a thousand small ways rather than in one fell swoop. Try to buy health insurance that covers what you want to cover and no more, or to advertise for a roommate that YOU feel comfortable with, or to reach an agreement to work for an amount that is satisfactory to you and your employer…

  12. I get the argument re term limits, Lifelib, but things are so corrupt in DC at this point that I think the time has come for them. The longer folks are there now, the more likely it is that they’ve had a Faustian transformation of sorts leaving them essentially untrustworthy.

  13. NWflyfisher says:

    Congressmen/women and Senators are representatives of their respective states. They work for us. It seems to me that if the citizens of a state elect a person to represent them in Washington, either the House of Representatives or the Senate, then that representative becomes an employee of the state and NOT the federal government. As such, I believe any salary and staff expenses should be funded by their respective states and included in the state’s operating budget. Benefits (healthcare, retirement etc.), if any, should be determined and paid by the people of the state, again, out of the state’s operating budget. If the representative or senator wants more then they can go to the people of their respective state and plead their case during the next election cycle and have the citizens whom they represent vote on the merits. The citizens of the state should be the ones who determine what their representatives get.

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