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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:31 AM
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Warren Buffets congressional suggestion.
I was forwarded this quote from Warren Buffet. If we can remove corporate money, honestly, IMO, publicly finance elections, then this would be a great Constitutional Amendment



Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best
quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law
that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all
sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. 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, e-mail, 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.

Warren Buffet is 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.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
and receives no pay when they are 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. It may not be used for
any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans
do.

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

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American
people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
1/1/12.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. 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.

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.

I think with this "Amendment" the GOP "thinking" would change very quickly concerning SS and their scamming of us.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:32 AM
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1. Not this one again
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 08:35 AM by hobbit709
Partially true but most of this email is BS
http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/buffett.asp
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:48 AM
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2. Bogus. See the link below:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/28thamendment.as...

Please check such email forwards to make sure they are correct. Most aren't, and are spread by right-wingers, like this one was.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:21 AM
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3. I apologize.
I usually do verify my "sources" before I (especially) post something sent to me. Usually at Snopes.com. I am chastised.
I do understand how this could be a R/W talking point, but I especially liked the SS "mandate" along with most of the letter.
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