this article in the VERY right-leaning Washington Times. It quotes a study by Princeton:
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” the study found.
The study also found: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.”
Don't get me wrong - our government's always depended on being able to buy supplies from the private sector - it's absolutely crucial that we could do so. But when the rich have free rein to spend whatever they will to get their way with the government, every politician knows that to take on corporate corruption is all to often nothing more than a prelude to a loss in the next election. That, sir, is why there's so little accountability in government for this overspending.
Perhaps the most glaring example is Bush's Medicare Part D, where Medicare was disallowed from being able to negotiate lower prices for medications. Big Pharma's one of the richest sectors out there...and any politician who tries to get rid of that ban on negotiation is signing his career's death warrant. Your side did this...and it's costing each and every one of us, every day.