The average family is worth $77,500. The average Congressman's net worth is $13,000,000. The average senator's net worth is $6,000,000. How are the average people of this country supposed to believe that these elected "public servants" are really representing the average American family when their ways of life and lifestyles are so drastically different.
- American people, President, media
I just signed the following petition addressed to: American people, President, media.
Return Congrees to public servants
The average family is worth $77,500. The average Congressman's net worth is $13,000,000. The average senator's net worth is $6,000,000. How are the average people of this country supposed to believe that these elected "public servants" are really representing the average American family when their ways of life and lifestyles are so drastically different. Congressmen and Senators are out of touch with the normal American family.
I would like to change, not the process of election, but how our "public servants" operate in Washington. There are things that should outrage the general public that no one ever thinks about and should consider urging the politicians to change. After all, the elected officials are there for us, the constituents, the people.They are not supposed to be there to further their own interests, gain post political careers, or get rich. Unfortunately, a lot of the elected officials are there to do just that. They are legacies, getting payoffs, given jobs after they retire as a political payoff, special interest rates on things we as people can't get, gifts, cash, etc. Elected officials are essentially public servants, there to do the work of the people. This is not happening and it shouldn't be allowed to go any further. I propose that we change the occupation itself and turn it into what the Founders intended.
1.As public servants they should receive a fair specified set salary just like the rest of us do. They should receive a cost of living increase yearly and should have raises voted on by constituents or after so many years of service.They shall not be allowed to hold a vote to give themselves a raise.
2.All persons elected to Congress or Senate should be required to give up any and all stocks in corporations or industries(not 401k accounts), board of directorships in all corporations or industries, and any official posts whether assigned or elected in any corporation or industry in order to dedicate themselves completely, without encumberance, and not be beholden to any public or private entities other than to their constituents. They shall not be able to benefit from insider information for their own gain without sanction or formal charges as would happen to regular citizens accused or convicted of insider trading offenses.
3.The general public should be allowed access to the same benefits as Congressmen/women and Senators have such as lower cost medical care and lower cost dental care.They should have access to the same IRA or 401K accounts as taxpayers but no lifetime pensions until 20 yrs service as is the norm for other companies and industries.
4.Each separate Congressman/woman and Senator should have a website with a page where any and all votes and lobby money/gifts/perks are disclosed to the public/constituents so the people have a better view and idea of how the people they elect decide on issues that affect local constituents as well as us all in the USA.
5. All other constitutional requirements on the Legislative branch shall remain the same.
I feel these changes would make a dramatic difference in the people who both decide to run for office in America as well as change how Congresspeople and Senators do their jobs in our country. Maybe we would get fewer career politicians who want to become rich off the system and find people who actually care about getting the country turned around and going in the right direction, know what civil discourse and compromise is, and can work to get bills worked out and passed for the good of the people without wasting time and money. We need people who are determined to serve the people and do so not in spite of them.
If you are tired of the status quo and possibly make a difference in how the country progresses, please sign the petition and spread the word. We can make a difference!
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