Lawmakers/political action should be a voluntary, part-time job. It is not necessary for lawmakers to constantly write new law , but instead remove much of the law on the books that is contradictory and detrimental to our nation. By removing pensions, making all contact with representatives transparent (i.e. minimizing opportunities for corruption) AND reducing the salary received to minimum wage, we could encourage those who might actually do our country good to step up, and those whose sole purpose is ambition for the sake of power and influence to walk away. Also I think representatives should have to stay in barracks while in session.