There is a great documentary called "The Polarization of America". It discusses how much candidates need to raise to get into office, as well as how hard they need to work to stay in office. An interesting point made is that the congress members of the past were true friends. They attended each other's family functions and socialized together. By doing this, it was much easier for parties to compromise because it is much more difficult to argue with or be stubborn with someone you know personal or even consider to be a friend. Now, our representatives do not seem to know each other as well, which leads to the lack of compromise and sometimes even a disrespect for each other. If you have not seen this movie, please check it out.