All of us get those infamous forwards from our friends and family that go all over the internet. You know the ones, that have 43903480 email addresses listed and the subject looks something like “FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD: Something pseudo witty here.”

My personal favorites are the alleged answer to a question on a chemical engineering on whether hell is endothermic or exothermic and the alleged response to Bill Gates’ criticism of how General Motors does business.

The latest one I received is from my uncle in Virginia Beach and presents a pretty solid, if idealistic, plan to reform Congress:

Of the 27 Amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one year or less to become the law of the land… all because of public pressure.

I’m 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. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six-year Senate terms

B. Six Two-year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and three 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. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

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.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete

You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going.

Sounds pretty darn good to me!


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  • East of Eden

    Or, they can all go to my 9th grade penal colony…that’s where all the bad kids go…here’s a hint, the 9th graders will win.

    • Gary Russell

      I also teach 9th graders, and I agree 100%, Eden.

  • East of Eden

    Email forwards = Glurge. We need less glurge. is my BFF.

    But this one…I am on board with this one! :)

    Of course my idea for a Congressional “Lord of the Flies” island has never really taken off.

    • Troy La Mana

      Send the RINO’s to Redemption Island… lol

  • Troy La Mana

    I like the whole thing but agree that any previous contracts should be honored. It would only take twentyfive years or so to clear the old contracts out. With the savings from the rest of the Congressional Contract with America, as I call it, the debt would be halved as the last Congressman dies off.

  • Rochelle

    I’ve received this email as well. Certainly something to consider. I really like 7 and 4. However, 8 is unrealistic. Contracts must be honored. Darn it!

  • Alaina

    I’m in!

  • Brian H

    I like 1 A) B) C)…very much.