Congress just gave themselves a two months vacation after just having come back from a month’s vacation. That made me think about how we can get our government to actually work.
The guys (there were no gals) that designed are Federal System of Government were pretty smart but they could not anticipate the kind of problems we now have where the main job of Congress is being reelected. This is particularly an issue with the House of Representatives which has to run for office every two years. For years I have been trying to figure out how it would ever be possible for Congress to change the election laws that so very much benefit those in office but today I had a breakthrough.
Here is my proposal:
Members of the house of representatives can serve as often as elected, but they cannot serve two terms in a row. Those that serve a term of two years will then receive a paid two-year vacation including all the benefits. They can spend as much of this time campaigning for the next round of elections, or they can spend it at the beach. Senators get elected for terms of six years. At the end of the term, they can not run again but have to wait two years. During this two years, they get paid and get all their benefits. They can use this time to prepare for the next election cycle, or they can sit on the beach. There will be a number of minimum days that members of the house and members of the senate have to work during their terms. If they fail to put in the days, they do not get paid for the time after their term expires.
The President can run for as many terms as he/she wants but can not run for consecutive terms. The President will get paid the normal salary and have full benefits but, of course, can not live in the White House unless his spouse in the next elected president.
Supreme Court Judges will be paid ten million dollars to retire when they reach the age of 80. That amount will be reduced by one million dollars every year they continue to serve.
What do you think?