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Buffet has right idea to fix Congress

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I am almost 19 years old and I voted for the first time in the the 2012 General Election.
As a U.S. citizen, I feel we should all take advantage of this privilege.
In the 2010-2011 school year, I had the privilege to be in AP U.S. History taught by Miss Kitty Outen. She preached on how important it is for everyone to vote whether you are 18 or 70 years of age.
In my opinion if you didn’t vote, you should not be able to continue to talk negative about the political system. People should speak up and make a difference.
In a recent interview with CNBC, American business magnate Warren Buffett, offered some of the best ideas about the national 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 percent 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 three months and eight days to be ratified!
Why?
Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail and cell phones.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven took one year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.
Buffet asked everyone to share the following on Facebook or e-mail to a minimum of 20 people on his or her address list and then in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Here is the 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 and 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 percent.
5. Congressmen and women lose their current health-care system and participate in the same health-care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws imposed on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen and women are void effective on 12/1/12 – The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen and women.
Congress members made these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their terms, then go home and back to work.
Don’t you think it’s time? This is how you fix Congress.

Tiffany Garris
Lancaster