Bring back "Public Service": Drop congress' pay from $174,00 down to the US median income of $49k.
Tie congress' fate to rank & file Americans fate. It should be 100% about their desire to Serve the Public; NOT the corrupting power & riches that make them fight so hard to KEEP the public job. Spouses can work too, so this is actually still ABOVE the personal median, tagging it to combined US Median Household income. An average 401(k) plan to boot. Basically... they should not fight sooooo hard & dirty just to keep an average paying job, since they are there for their pure desire to serve the public. And true Public Servants would not mind much stiffer 3x penalties for ethics violations, misdemeanors, and felonies convictions while serving their fellow man. And NO lobbying associated job for 7 years after public office.
gloria lederer commented
Come on, congress has created for itself a Fiefdom of personal power & influence by creating and shaping their own personal ideal job, with all the perks and benefits one could only dream of. Take the "Personal Service" aspect out of it, and make it much more about Public Service once again... starting with their desire to hang on to the job. Let fresh blood, vim & vigor in after they've burned out on the Public Service front. Incumbents losing office should have a silver lining for them to see.... and even maybe look forward to. Those in it for themselves are counter productive to America.