I and the signatories of this petition would like to see a fair representation of the majority of the American population in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. We feel that, primarily due to your salaries and entitlements, you do not accurately represent the population, nor do you know and understand the struggles that the majority of this great land work through each day. Pursuant to this, we propose that the following adjustments be made:
1. Adjust the annual salary of both Representatives and Senators to reflect the income of the Middle Class, here defined as $36,000 – $57,657 USD. The Speaker of the House and President pro Tempore of the Senate should receive the upper limit of this range, while more junior members should receive salaries nearer to the lower limit. Pursuant to this, Congress shall no longer hold a vote to adjust their personal wages; rather, wages will fluctuate with the strength of the middle class. If the middle class is faring poorly, Congress will then be motivated to more swiftly take action to strengthen them and in so doing, strengthen the total American economy.
2. We would like specific tax credits repealed, such as the credit given for owning more than one home. As lawmakers, you should not vote into law any proposal which would benefit only those wealthy enough to take advantage of said proposal. We would like for you to pay taxes on your incomes which more accurately reflect the average taxes paid by the majority of the country.
3. We propose that potential Congressman (or indeed, any persons campaigning to hold public office) should not be eligible to receive private donations from either individual persons or corporations, but instead receive a fixed amount from the Federal Treasury in order to demonstrate a degree of fiscal responsibility. Furthermore, no person should use personal wealth for the purpose of campaigning.