If it is still true that we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people, then it's time the people in Washington started living like "the people." Let's see who's in this to affect positive change and who's just in it for the money. For a start, if you get elected, you will make no more than the median income of your constituency. Period. You will pay for your own transportation and gas, like your constituency. You will pay for your own healthcare, like your constituency. You will pay into Social Security, like your constituency, instead of receiving an ever-increasing pension. You will stop bowing to corporations, special interest groups, millionaires and billionaires. You will get off your dead asses and stop acting like a bunch of 5-year-olds on the playground at recess. If you want to truly help the people who elected you, you will live like the people who elected you. It will be an incentive for you to do all you can for those people. I would also impose term limits on Senators and Congressmen. No more in for life. You do the job or you get voted out. If the President has term limits, so should you!

Also, I don't want to hear another word from anyone in Washington unless it's a phrase that starts with, "Today, we solved the problem of (insert any cause here)." I've had it up to here with these "leaders" not leading anything except a rush over the cliff. It is completely obvious that government as we once knew it is dead. Everyone knows who the crooks are, yet every day, nothing ever gets done to remove them. And it is not like they hide from it, it's so overt nowadays, it's just insane! They have completely lost touch with what it is like to be working for a living, at a job that is most likely unsatisfying, for a wage that is truly unsatisfying, and day after day, these "people," with no compassion, are taking everything they can away from us. Little by little, piece by piece, we are headed right back to Feudalism. That's just my opinion, though. Probably more like a pipe dream than a real solution, but I sill like to think that it is better than anything I've heard from a Republican in the last 20 years.

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