The politicians are paid off, but the people can stop it.
From the beginning of the institution of representative government, sovereignty was supposed to be inherent in small communities, and then only through consent of the governed where representatives supposed to lead. At the time, prior to modern technology, representatives were necessary to ensure the will of the people was ensured for national issues. Today however, representative government is a failure and the general consensus of the people is opposed to what the government is doing. The answer is to to learn how OUR consensus will become the new law of the land.