A friend of mine forwarded me the following two e-mails. While the first is bit glib (and was clearly meant to be) it nonetheless makes a few good points. I thought I’d pass them along, since I think both make valid points anybody of any political persuasion can appreciate. They are the kinds of things I’d forward to an e-mail list if I had an e-mail list, so I thought I’d post them here. (When you have as few friends as I do, you don’t take chances forwarding chain e-mails.) For the record, I’m for healthcare reform, and think our current system manages to be both socialized and capitalistic in a way that makes a mockery of both.
Let me get this straight… We’re trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also hasn’t read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.Â What the hell could possibly go wrong?!?
The second e-mail:
28th Amendment proposal
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Â Many citizens had no idea that Congress members could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. Â The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Â Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. Â We do not have an elite that is above the law. Â I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. Â The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies Â to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
Kind of makes sense, doesn’t it?