November 5, 2013

Congress Needs a Fix… the need for fixing Congress is long overdue

By Richard J. Schillig, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
Independent Insurance and Financial Advisor

I wanted to share with you one of those spam emails recently received that really caught my attention. The sender attributes Warren Buffet as author, and indicates he encourages recipients to forward this “fix” on to everyone. Here is my forward of this fix entitled “Congressional Reform Act of 2013.”

The rules are simple and numbered accordingly:

1. Congress shall have 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 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. Funds may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Each Congressman/woman purchases their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote them a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of the CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current healthcare system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. Remember the American people mandate with Obamacare.

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 12/31/2013. The American people did not make any contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves.

8. Serving in Congress is an honor not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our Congressmen/women should serve their term(s), then go back home to work.

In the spam email I received, Warren Buffet suggests each person forward this fix to everyone you know. This is my forward to you.

We continue on with this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment season. I continue to think of the appropriateness of these fixes due to the impact of the 65+ Medicare folks. And, as we continue to learn about and deal with the Affordable Care Act for everyone else under the age of 65, the need for fixing Congress is long overdue.

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