Congress is broken. According to Mother Jones, one big culprit for the dysfunction is the elimination of earmarks. Sure, giving members funding for pet projects in their districts seems wasteful and corrupt. However, that money is being spent anyway on similar projects. Instead of elected officials weighing in on how it should be spent, the decisions are largely deferred to the permanent bureaucracy. Restoring earmarks might be the best way to put some heat on Congressional leaders and bring some authentic local flavor the legislative sausage-making process.
(Free idea for Congress: Restore earmarks and use them to pass legislations to protect The Dreamers. #DACA)