|On paper Governor Rick Perry was the perfect candidate. Oh well. Such is life. But many of his ideas are good.|
The Perry plan is great, but it is too little, too late to save his campaign
Rick Perry has challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to debate him next week about his plan for a part-time Congress.
In a letter to Pelosi (D-Calif.) obtained by The Hill, the Texas governor wrote: "I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo.
"I think it would be a tremendous service to the American people to see a public airing of these differences," he continued. "Let the people decide. If Monday doesn't work, perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month to discuss these issues in front of the people of America's heartland."
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richer while in office.
Publicity stunt or not the Perry plan for a part-time Congress is exactly the reform that this nation needs.
These "full-time" political hacks get into Congress and will not leave. They are full of self importance and grow a God complex. After a couple of terms Washington D.C. becomes their new home and those simpleton morons back home who keep calling are just irritants to be avoided at all costs.
The tradition of the early American Republic was for a local to serve a term or two in Congress and then return home and go to work for a living just like everyone else. George Washington is the best example of this attitude of limited public service.
Today not only do they never leave the Beltway, but they enrich themselves by crooked deals with special interests.
REFORM - Slash Congressional pay by 75%. No benefits. No pension.
Have Congress meet for 90 days to update any laws and pass a budget. That being done Congress should adjourn, the members return to their districts and go back to work for a living in their old professions. Working for a living like ordinary people might give them a new look on America.
This can easily be done by a majority vote of either chamber. In fact, if the Republicans really cared about small government they have the votes to do it to it today the House.
But short of a revolt and blood in the streets this will never happen. Deep down Congressmen and Senators think you are an idiot and that only they are smart enough to rule over you. Without massive public pressure for reform no action will ever be taken.
Political hacks will never vote to eliminate their own jobs.