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AMERICA: Stop encroachment by the government

Letter by Johnny Elesky, Tacoma on Nov. 2, 2010 at 11:15 am | 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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