Americans did not directly vote for senators for the first 125 years of the Federal Government. The Constitution, as it was adopted in 1788, stated that senators would be elected by state legislatures.
On April 8, 1913, three-quarters of the states ratified the 17th Amendment.
Article I, section 3, of the Constitution was modified by the 17th amendment. And in doing so, opened up a path to corruption, and a way for special interests to influence government.
Today Senators rarely represent their States and constituents.
In addition, currently:
- Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . . $180,000 FOR LIFE.
- Salary of House/Senate members .. . . $174,000 FOR LIFE
- This is stupid
- Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE.
- This is really stupid
- Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . $193,400 FOR LIFE.
- Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065
- Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000
Example of a Congressional Reform Act
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, and 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 purpose.
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 immediately. 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 go back to work.