I’ve been traveling around the world on an epic road trip since 2011, spinning my wheels on six continents. From off-reading in Africa to driving across the Outback in Australia to the narrow and chaotic streets of Rome, I seek out off-beat sights. I prefer lesser traveled roads and am always up for seeking remaining strips of historic Route 66.

Follow along for the ride.



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  1. I totally agree with this comment.
    The Founders of this country thought that serving in Congress would be a break in their usual occupation. They would return home and continue working. No one was expected to serve as long as our current congressmen and senators do. Only death seems to make they give up their seat. Some of the people in Congress serve while they are so ill, they cannot attend sessions. But as long as their constituents keep voting for them, they keep serving, especially when he or she brings back that pork. eg. Sen. R. Byrd.

    Posted by Marian | February 12, 2010, 10:02 am
  2. I like what I see on this website. Seems to me elected congress-people are just concerned with their own re-election and also for their party. The nonsensical talk,talk,talk and blame game is a complete waste of time. Where is there a REAL statesman who will step up to doing the business of the country and get something wonderful accomplished?

    Posted by Irene | February 17, 2010, 11:43 pm
  3. Thanks for creating and sustaining this website, Mr. “Paine”! It’s nice to see some truly independent thinking amidst the thicket of talking heads and bloviators. Sometimes it seems like you have to be a lobbyist or talk radio host to be heard, but I think you’re onto something here. Most of us don’t want intrusive governments to control every aspect of our existence, but we do expect good public schools, well-maintained streets and highways, and safe neighborhoods.

    The current gridlock between the two “permanent” parties isn’t going to be broken by the knuckle-draggers of the Tea Party movement or the social engineers of the think tanks. Thanks for pointing out that there are other paths, other alternatives, other perspectives that we should consider. Three cheers for common sense!

    All the best,
    Rod Willis (aka “The Progressive Pragmatist”)

    Posted by Rod Willis | May 20, 2010, 11:07 am
  4. This is a petition I am working on.
    It is a work in progress right now and I would really appreciate suggestions and input to help move it forward.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. Term Limits.

    12 years only; 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. 10 years to Tenure W/accumulated Pension after retirement.

    A) Congressman collects a salary, and benefits only while in office.
    No lifetime benefits
    Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    B) 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.

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

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

    4. No recently out of office, either by term limits or an unfavorable vote, elected official will be employed, reimbursed or compensated in any fashion by any group that lobbies the Federal government for a period of time to be equal to the amount of time they held their federally elected office.

    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.


    Posted by ochipwa | January 15, 2011, 12:05 pm
    • I like it. I’ve always thought Congress should be limited to 12 years. It would help to publicize the outlandish perks and retirement benefits that accrue to members of Congress. Most people would be shocked if they knew how rich these career politicians are getting, on our dime.

      Posted by Thomas | January 15, 2011, 2:48 pm

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