Laws are made by men. Sometimes these men are influenced by other men who have an interest for themselves and not to the greater good. If we are not a majority ruled nation and the laws of man are manipulated by special interest groups then what are we? A corporate bitch?
It is difficult for me to see how we are a democracy or a republic as long as the lobbying industry is calling the shots on the hill. Our only recourse is to vote a new legislator into power in the next election, maybe. How well has that turned out?
The real deal is to have separation of economics and state. As long as the politicians can dispense economic favors, we'll have corruption.
Just trying to get a non-corrupt military, police force, and judiciary is difficult enough. Take a look at the purchasing practices of the War Department starting in 1789, single source contracts, exorbitant prices, sound familiar?
We have to stop taking government handouts, all of us.