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The 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

By Jeff Mirich


We need to start a movement for the 28th Amendment of the Constitution!  If each person contacts a minimum of 20 people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time�

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  We the people demanded it.  That was in  1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land... all because of public pressure.

I am asking everyone to forward this article to a minimum of twenty people on their friends list; and in turn ask each of those to do likewise.  In three days, most people in The United States of America will have received the message.

This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits. 12 years only, one of the possible options below:

  A. Two Six-year Senate terms

  B. Six Two-year House terms

  C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2.  No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security with the rest of us. 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.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress shall withdraw from their current health care system and participate in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all the laws that they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 11-11-11

In the existing system the American people did not make any contract with Congressmen.  Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress should be an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so today's legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work..

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

Most will question what it will take to make this a reality and from my perspective it would either require the support of the majority of Representatives and Senators who are up for re-election, which is not likely to happen, or we will need to get at least 38 States to support the call for a Constitutional Convention - which is the likely path forward.

THIS IS HOW WE CAN FIX CONGRESS!!!!!  If you agree with the above, pass it on. 

Jeff Mirich is a Fellow of The Business Forum Institute and is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Walt Disney, responsible for leading the Studio�s IT organization to provide business & technology systems that support the Studio�s Film, Music, Live Stage, Production, Post Production, Marketing, and Distribution business unit operations on a global scale. Additional responsibilities include leadership of the Studio�s Content Protection initiatives, operational management of the Studio�s Media Technology infrastructure, participation on the Studio�s Patent & IP Committee, participation on the Disney Enterprise IT Leadership Board, and involvement with Disney�s cross-company technology strategy collaboration efforts.. The movie industry is in the middle of a rapid transition to digital production and distribution processes and Jeff is a key leader of this transition at the Walt Disney Studios and within the industry. He is a board member on UCLA Anderson School�s IS Associates and WINMEC University-Industry Partnership, USC�s ETC/IMF sponsorship group,  HP�s Communications Media & Entertainment Board of Advisors, the Motion Pictures of America Association�s Anti-piracy Advisory Board, the CIO Leadership Network, Southern California CIO Executive Summit Board, and serves on Sierra Ventures CIO Advisory Board.  Jeff joined Disney in late 1997 as the CIO of Imagineering. Prior to joining Disney Jeff enjoyed an 19-year career with Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held managerial positions in Information Systems, Engineering, Manufacturing, Business Development, Research & Development, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  During Jeff�s tenure at Northrop he led the development and implementation of their 3-D paperless computer aided design and manufacturing processes and helped spearhead industry and government engineering design practices and data interchange standards. Jeff holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Technology from California State University at Long Beach and a master�s degree in management from the University of Redlands He lectures at local Southern Californian universities on topics ranging from Information Technology to Intellectual Property management within the Media and Entertainment Industry.

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