Politicians, that’s what is wrong with this country; I truly would not trust any of them, on either side. I just happened to come across an article about the least trusted professions, number 1 was politicians, number 2 was used car salesman, that alone should tell you something right there. Do you find it funny like I do, that if a person is not a millionaire before going to Washington, they become one while they are in office? No wonder a person will lie, cheat and say whatever they have to, just to be elected, once you are in, you are set for life. The first agenda after a politician is elected, is to start work on getting re-elected, that is just a sad fact. The last I saw Congress had a 12% approval rate, I have to wonder why it is so high, it has to be they just polled family members of Congress, that is the only explanation I can think of.
Recently, I came across an article by Warren Buffett, in it there was a plan for a Congressional Reform Act that he wants to push through, and here is the plan. I like it.
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
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
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
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.
Mr. Buffett has a good plan of action, it is a start anyway. However, I would like to add one thing if I may, if a politician is convicted of a criminal act, they get a double sentence of what the average American would get. For instance, if the sentence is 3 years for you or me, the politician should get 6 years. I truly believe that betraying the public’s trust, is a crime in itself.
Are there politicians that believe in what they are sent to Washington to do? Yes, but I think they are few and far between, I believe many go to Washington for the right reasons, but get corrupted by the system of money and power and that is hard to resist, I don’t care who you are.
I am a Republican; I have considered myself one since I was 16 years old. To me, the Republican Party has always been the party of common sense, which is something this country right now is seriously lacking. I for one believe, if we used more common sense in this country, we would all be much better off. In addition, I have always been a private person, less Government in my life telling me what I can and cannot do appeals to me. However, the politicians are the ones that complicate everything, both parties are to blame.
Still I remain a Republican and I hope for the best, because I believe in traditional values, a small government, low taxes and a strong defense, the same beliefs that John F. Kennedy held. I was having this conversation with someone recently; I was asked if I would want any of my children to become politicians? I replied with a simple, NO.
This is one man’s opinion.