In a major reboot of his flagging campaign, Rick Perry is releasing a far-reaching government reform plan that would radically transform Congress and the Supreme Court at a structural level.
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"I do not believe Washington needs a new coat of paint, it needs a complete overhaul," prepared remarks of Perry's speech in Iowa debuting his new proposals read. "We need to uproot, tear down and rebuild Washington, D.C. and our federal institutions. We should apply the wisdom of Solomon to Washington. Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, says, 'there is a time to plant and a time to uproot, there is a time to tear down and a time to build.'"
Perry is proposing halving Congressional salary and turning members into part-time 'Citizen Legislators' who hold jobs outside of government. His plan would essentially model Congress on Texas' state legislature, which meets every other year and relies on legislators who receive little compensation ($7,200 a year) and are expected to support themselves with with separate careers.