We can fix Congress, and maybe our nation

Like the 78.2% (most recent average from 9/9/15 – 10/12/15) of American that fee Congress has failed the nation, I have been left with the question how do we fix this? We all know Congress is broken, as is our Government (Wrong track poll average currently 63.1%). We are all aware that allowing Congress to fix itself is not working. We have re-elected the members of Congress at a rate (2014) of 95%, and the result is the same as it has been for more than a decade. Perhaps decades depending on how you want to look at it.

The solution that many have come to grudgingly accept is that the only answer is to pick the lesser evil out of the candidates available on election day. But that isn’t right. As I mentioned we are re-electing, consistently, the same people that have failed our communities and nation. I point to Rep. Richard Hanna as an example. He has so actively fought against his own Party, which the majority of voters in his congressional district represents, that he is a pariah in Congress. For all the talk of bipartisanship, he hasn’t been able to do much more than name a Post Office in 5 years in Congress. The support from other members for virtually every Bill he has proposed barely registers in the teens, and Democrats that he vocally supports have no use for him either. He is effectively useless, yet he has won re-election in 2012 & 2014.

So if the answer is not re-electing the members of Congress, and it is not waiting for Congress to fix itself, what is the answer? I would love to say it’s voting in new members of Congress. But apathy is at high levels. Just 36% of voters took the opportunity to vote in 2014. More people voted for the American Idol in 2006 (63 million) than for then high record hodler Ronald Reagan in 1984 (53 million). I couldn’t find numbers for 2015 but I do not doubt it exceeded the 2014 election numbers. Or even 2012. So seeing a slew of new voters is unexpected at best.

I sat and wondered about this for a long time. What could the solution be. Then I realized recently that the answer is far more simple. You are paid for what you do, and Congress is paid 6x ($175,000/yr base salary) what the median American earns ($26,695). But does Congress do it’s job? Well there hasn’t been a budget in 18 years, and a balanced budget just isn’t even worth talking about. Since that is a constitutional requirement of Congress, I would say NO they are not doing their job. So why do they get full pay?

From there I went forward and created the Congressional Accountable Pay Act (C.A.P. Act). It’s 3 simple pages. It addresses Congress not doing it’s job, and when members of Congress violate the law or ethics. It even helps to address the national debt. In one simple Bill it does more than Congress has done in decades.

I spoke about it at length on 10/19/15, in Vestal NY.

If you agree, then help us help out nation. Download the free copy of the C.A.P. Act, send it to your member of Congress, and tell them “Pass this or you won’t be re-elected.” If we can get 100,000 people to do this, we can get action. If we can get 1,000,000 likes for the video and/or tweets, we can get this passed into law.

I don’t get a dime for this. My name is not on the Bill. I will not get famous, nor do I want to. This is about our nation. If a cat video can get 15 million likes, I think fixing Congress should be able to get 100,000.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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