Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at the age of 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.
If we are to return to a citizen politician, the elected servant must be prohibited from becoming lobbyist and we the people should not pay them pensions. This would require that they return to the work position they held prior to being elected to serve. Washington returned to Mount Vernon and worked his farm.
Our Founding Fathers recognized the importance of having citizen politicians.
Citizen politicians defined more than 238 years ago as people who participate in the political process, and these people come from all walks of life, such as farmers, businesses, law practices, inn keepers, chimney sweepers and schoolteachers.
These citizen politicians participation in the people’s government resulted in fresh new realist practical ideas from the communities they live in. These ideas coming from the community bringing reality and cultural inspiration based on real-world experiences. These citizen politicians representing the people’s government and after their politicking is done, they simply travel home to their private citizen lives once again.
What is deeply saddening is the evolutionary process of the professional politician, who’s only goal in life is to stay in that elected seat full-time and forever. Resulting in stagnant ideas, with no possible sense of connection to the real people that elected them. In addition, a lack of connection to any sense of reality at all, these professional politicians are more closely aligned to an elitist mindset nowhere grounded to the community they are supposed to represent.
Our Founding Fathers never intended to make citizens full-time politicians.
Now a professional politician, Rep. Steny Hoyer explained how our politicians think when he said that Republicans supporting the GOP’s ObamaCare replacement plan will pay a political price in 2018,
Hoyer, the Democrat whip, said President Trump’s warning to Republicans that they may lose their seats if they oppose the bill is just one side of the GOP's predicament: Lawmakers who do vote for it, Hoyer said, will be held responsible for any negative effects on coverage or the affordability of healthcare.
“We Democrats think that Republicans voting for this bill will put their seats at great risk. Not every Republican who votes for it, but many Republicans who vote for this bill are in seats that Hillary Clinton won,” Hoyer said during a press briefing in the Capitol.
“We think that they may lose their seats if they vote for it, and Trump is threatening that if they don’t vote for it, they’ll lose their seats.”
Under the current system, the loss of his “seat” has serious financial consequences for these professional politicians. Under a citizen system, like was intended, the servant would vote his consciousness and never consider if his “seat” was safe or not. He would not be allowed to become a lobbyist nor would he have a pension at stake. This was the intent of the founders; people would serve because they wanted to serve and not for financial gain or financial security. These servants would have to impose term limits upon themselves.
The guarantee of power and financial security that we the people have secured for these “servants” has brought about the professional politician.