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LETTER: Suggestions for making Congress better

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This is an open letter to Congress, both the House and Senate, and members of both parties and independents.

First, consider the national budget. There is no money for grants, subsidies, loans or bailouts. Stop looking for budget cuts. Look instead at the projected revenue, prioritize and decide what can be kept.

Let the truth be known about Social Security. It was never supposed to be part of the national budget. Social Security did not go broke. Congress made it part of the budget to get access to (steal) the funds that were supposed to be held in trust.

To correct this, separate Social Security from the budget as originally designed. Let the Social Security Administration collect and distribute those funds.

The only part involving Congress is to start repaying the IOUs to the fund by enough to keep Social Security solvent until the debt is repaid or a new or alternative retirement system is in place.

One of the major reasons for our own revolution was “taxation without representation.” With nearly half of our citizens paying nothing in taxes and the other half using deductions and loopholes to avoid taxes, it is clear that the tax code is obsolete. Now we have “representation without taxation.”

Eliminate the current tax code, thus eliminating all deductions and loopholes.

Introduce a fair, flat tax for individuals and families of 10 percent on earnings above the poverty level, as set by the Census Bureau. Businesses should pay 15 percent of profits.

This will greatly increase revenue and stimulate business and job growth.

Finally, no one with the authority to regulate the national budget and taxation should be allowed to regulate their own salary. Congressional pay should be tied to the national median income, as set by the Census Bureau. That would truly be incentive for Congress to facilitate the well-being of their constituents.

Congressional pensions of 85 percent are an outrage. A percentage of base pay (say five percent) for each year served would be far more reasonable. Congress should pay, at the least, a percentage of their insurance costs.

There should not be any exceptions of exemptions for Congress to the laws and regulations that apply to all citizens of the United States of America.

Term limits need to be set. It would provide patriotic public servants instead of power seekers and money hungry leeches.

I suggest 12 years, either in one house or a combination of both houses.

Any argument can be countered with; look what you have done the way things are now.

I don’t expect any action on these suggestions, but it seems to me that some common sense and true accountability will do wonders for our economy and our country.

ALAN ANGEL
Bristow