Just in case you want to know why we don't trust folks in the Beltway, read the Venn Diagrams drawn by Larry Lessig here: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111221/17561617164/mapping-out-revolving-door-between-govt-big-business-venn-diagrams.shtml
These diagrams offer clear and convincing evidence of DC revolving doors between the Big Money Bastards and Federal Government top jobs.
We have a crony government, plain and simple.
And, it costs the country a lot.
Cynthia Duncan in her book 'Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America', [by Cynthia M. Duncan, Yale University Press; New Ed edition (August 11, 2000); ISBN-10: 0300084560; ISBN-13: 978-0300084566] pretty much proved that reserving jobs for cronies pulls down any society.
And Barry, that is exactly what we have here - jobs for cronies.
For example, take a look at a few Goldman Sachs folks: Robert Rubin, John Corzine, Henry Paulson, Rahm Emanuel, Robert Hormats, Stephen Friedman, Diana Farrell, Philip Murphy, Mark Patterson, Adam Storch, Alexander Lasry, Sonal Shah, Gregroy Craig and Gary Gensler.
All these folks are former Goldman Sachs people who have held top government jobs. You can see the same pattern in Big Oil, Comcast, GE, media, Monsanto and so forth.
Here is the smoking gun of how our country is run for the benefit of a few at the expense of the many.
It's bad enough that the few profit at our expense, but what's even worse is that our country would be much better off if we changed that pattern.
We need to open up government service to the best and brightest and not reserve it for the well connected. That's the only way out of this mess, Barry.
This is your challenge Barry, fix this one or we say a final good bye to the America we love.