There seems to be a growing consensus that Congress in general, and the Senate in particular, are dysfunctional. They listen mostly to those with money, and shirk the big long-term problems of the country because they fear giving bad news to the electorate. They look mainly to the next election, follow the party leadership in voting rather than study and decide for themselves on issues, and spend more time raising campaign funds than they do legislating.
I wish we selected four candidates for each House and Senate seat by random lottery, from all citizens who volunteered. Of the four, the one with the most votes would win. They would be paid well, serve a single term of ten years per Senator, six years per Representative, then put out to pasture. They would have a lifetime pension adjusted annually based on some measures of GNP, poverty rate, crime rate, and so on, to give them an incentive during their tenure to look at the long-term good of the country.
Is this such a crazy idea? How could it be worse than what we have now?