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Members of Congress are privileged

By Allen Lottinger -   Sep 09, 2010

Did you know that members of Congress are exempt from many of the laws and drawbacks that apply to other citizens in this so-called democratic land of ours? For example, they can retire with the same pay after one term in office as if they served longer. How many hard-working folks can do likewise?

Also, they have been specifically exempted from many of the laws that apply to other citizens. They are privileged indeed.

It may be nearly impossible to convene a Constitutional Convention that might change those privileges at this time with all of the partisan politics going on. But writing into that Constitution individual amendments that would change it for the better may not be so impossible.

For example, the 26th amendment granting the right to vote for 18-year-olds took only three months and eight days to be ratified. Of the 27 amendments, seven took one year or less to become law because of public pressure.

Here is a proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that is currently going around the internet:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States..”

Fair enough, isn’t it?

Pass it on and maybe one of those worthwhiles in Congress will use it to help make things right in our democracy. And we’ll watch as they vote on such a fair-minded approach.
 
Hi, but farewell,to our cousin
 We shivered somewhat when we heard that the seventh named storm of the 2010 tropical season would be named Gaston. Imagine, with a name like that, he certainly would like to make contact with some of his cajun cousins in southern Louisiana.

At latest report, however, the disturbance has dissipated somewhat in the vicinity of Puerto Rico. If it does reorganize, its early predicted course is into Mexico and Central America.

But as we know, such systems have been known to change their minds. And his cousins are certainly within range of a slight diversion.

So stay away, Gaston. Just wave to us as you fly by on TV.
 
Louisiana coast was great during weekend
We’re happy to see that Grand Isle is just about back to normal. Many folks were enjoying the beach on Labor Day weekend, soaking in the sun, swimming in the surf and riding wave runners.

Specks, reds and crabs were there for the catching and eating. And the beach was more beautiful than ever with barely a speck of oil to dim the occasion.

It was some four months ago when it appeared the Louisiana coast would be impaired for years and our fabulous seafood industry may not recover. But then, state and local officials got to work along with private citizens to make things right. And they are getting there fast.

At this point, there is not much doubt that Grand Isle and the Louisiana coast will have a bright future. And it is more important than ever that we restore it and end the erosion that could make it all for naught.

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