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Letters and Politics - November 26, 2012 at 10:00am

Letters and Politics, for November 26, 2012 - 10:00am

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Letters and Politics

-Looking at the lame duck session of Congress with Alice Ollstein of FSRN.

-What happens to Defense spending if a budget deal is not reached?  We asked Rebecca Griffin of Peace Action West.

-Stanley Aronowitz, author of Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals.

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John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith mentioned raising the minimum wage; he also spoke about people needing to be economically secure so they would be able to spend; have you seen the Warren Buffet email that's going around:Warren Buffet is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people

on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

Read and pass on to 20 of your friends...

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC,offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling ...

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC.

"You just pass a law that says that any time there is a deficit of more than 3%

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 3 months and 8 days to be ratified! Why?

Simple! The people demanded it.

That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution,

seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land

all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email

to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those

to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.

This is one idea that really should be passed around.

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 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


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%.

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 American people.

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.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s),

then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days

for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.

Don't you think it's time?

Cutting the military money.

Cutting the military money. Not one mention of it??

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