We live in historic times. The current Congress is on the verge of claiming its place as the least productive Congress in our history. Good riddance. Hopefully, history will note that the Republican Party is virtually responsible for a Congress that actually harmed the Country, through inaction. And it was a deliberate decision made when President Obama took office. Republican leaders in the House and Senate, essentially Southerners (I consider Ohio to be south of the Mason-Dixon line), decided to stop the black President, even if it harmed the Country. They nearly succeeded.
So what can we do to repair a broken Congress? How about requiring them to work as many days as we are required? This current Congress spent only about 120 days in session (about 100 days devoted to repealing Obamacare and robbing the poor), but were paid handsomely. I think we should consider a pro-rated pay based on days in session actually doing some work and the number of bills passed that actually solve problems. As it exists today, most of the time legislators devote while in Washington DC is spent on fund raising, and most of the time they spend “meeting with voters back home” are also spent meeting with money contributors. In other words, Congress is now a money-making business for a few hundred people instead of a legislative body focused on solving problems.
The key to reforming a broken Congress is to create money incentives to solving problems and money penalties for obstructing progress. What do you think will fix it?