Sunday, March 27, 2011

2030 AD: Chinese Professor

I first saw this as a sixty second spot on CNN.  Entitlement reform has been a hot topic in the general media as well as the pages of FHIweekly and so I thought I would share this with you.  The producers of this video are non-partisan.  They must have some well heeled donors because ads on CNN are not cheap! Click the link below to view:

Produced by Citizens Against Government Waste -

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Entitlement Reform for Congressmen?

This doesn't at first glance appear to be healthcare related but it is. The health of our nation depends on reforming entitlement programs including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. My friend Mike Casanova believes a good starting point is with the fat entitlements available to our elected officials in Washington D.C. Read his message below:

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, before e-mail, before cell phones, the internet and social media.

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.

I'm asking readers to share this message.  E mail it, post it to your facebook page, your website or your blog.  Ask your friends and colleagues to forward the message and/or the link.

If we all do this, it will go viral and most people in The United States of America will have the message within a week.  This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits. A maximum of 12 years total! See 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

Any time served in either the House or Senate subtracts from the max of 12 years. If a person serves 8 years total in the House, they cannot run for a 6 year term in the Senate!

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 immediately moves to the Social Security system.  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.


Michael J. Casanova