A Curious Notion: A Couple of Good Ideas

I was inspired by a recent transmission from Warren Buffet that I will post in its entirety. I had originally planned to submit a different Curious Notion regarding proposing a 21st century remedy for voter suppression.

I would like to propose as a thought experiment a solution to both voter apathy and voter suppression. It is something that is broadly accepted, it is very sophisticated, it is easily updatable, it is completely secure, and almost everyone has one. It is the modern cellular telephone.

I believe it is through this modern device that we as a society can get as close to a 21st century equivalent of Grecian democracy. With the addition of a simple “app” that would do four things:

1)      Like credit card and banking applications it should be encrypted and completely secure.

2)      Like secure computer files it should be password protected.

3)      Like a current phone bill it should come with both reminder of upcoming primary, referenda, and other votes.

4)      Like current phones it should temporarily suspend outgoing service until votes are completed before election deadlines.

Easily counted, the NSA is already online to be a watchdog for fraud, and containing a platform to list information on issues up for referenda at all levels federal, state, and local.

Now as promised, Mr. Buffet has presented a wonderfully brilliant solution to repair our broken and self centered congress. It follows below in its entirety.

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 one (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 2012

1. 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. 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/women are void effective 12/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress 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. Don’t you think it’s time? THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

I would only add one other item. If corporations are people then they do not need three types of representation in Washington when all other citizens have only representatives and senators. Therefore my humble submission is to outlaw all congressional lobbying.   Comment and forward if you will.

One Response to “A Curious Notion: A Couple of Good Ideas”
  1. samiam60 says:

    Thank you for the link back my friends at Cyndacation


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