It totally stinks and they cannot change it? I had thought that somewhere talent mattered. But only if you can pony up the coin. Obviously then our committees will be stacked in favor of mediocrity.
Getting elected is a pretty good test but unique talents need to be recognized by ones peers independent of financial issues. Sometimes they coincide but only for the exceptional. The rest are easily replaceable.
Sooner or later they stop serving the needs of the government. The president will have to act against this nonsense.