Governments in most countries are for sale to the highest bidder because politicians will sell their votes for whatever they can get. The highest bidders are a small number of very rich individuals (the 0.00001% of us) that have a financial interest in one or more large special interest industries or they are large landowners. I call them the "Master Puppeteers" because they pull all the strings on us 99.99999% puppets that are forced to dance to the music they play and the choreography they create.
Some of the largest special interests are the following monopolies:
1. The banking industry.
2. The illness industry.
3. The organized religion industry.
4. The accounting industry.
5. The insurance industry.
6. The government burocracy industry
7. The prison industry.
8. The education industry.
9. The energy industry
10. The lawsuit industry
They do not create laws that are good for us 99.9% people and the country. They create corrupt laws that the special interests pay them for in various ways of bribery. In the United States they get paid through lobbyists that reward them in various ways that are difficult or impossible to trace. It is not a big mystery that many elected officials are able to live way beyond the standard of living that would be able to be supported by their official salaries and incomes from known sources.
We are screwed because we have governments that are beholden to all the special interests that will do everything to strengthen their stranglehold monopolies they have carefully created and groomed over many decades.
These special interests are rewarding politicians generously for selling their votes to support legislation that strengthens the corrupt monopolies and makes them even stronger and rob the general public of ever more funds and gradually impoverishes the economy every step of the way.
So the large monopolies have the government in their pocket because they are able to buy all the legislation they want to perpetuate and strengthen their already strong monopolies against any competition from smaller businesses.
All of these monopolies enjoy huge profits with ever rising revenues and ever dropping quality in products and services.
The more people we employ in industries that produce no products and services that consumers would like to buy, the more the economy will be in decline.
The more people we employ in industries that produce products and services that consumers want, the more the economy will improve and move toward prosperity.
So lets look how we are doing with the above 10 monopoly industries:
1. The banking industry: It is certain that we need and want some of the services that banks render. We do not get much of that, because banks like to lend money to unproductive governments and do not like to lend money to productive businesses. Governments are safer to lend money to. Private manufacturing businesses are a greater lending risk. The banking industry pretty much owns all governments and can almost dictate their desires to the governments in matters of legislation. In case the banking industry makes bad investments and loses money, the government bails them out at no cost to them, but the tax payers will foot the bill for such bailouts.
2. The illness industry: The illness industry is not interested to improve health in the USA. There is no money in it for them. They can only make money on illness. Health is not profitable at all for them because healthy people do not need doctors, hopitals and medicines. Promoting more illness is the most profitable for the illness industry. The illness industry has the FDA in their pocket and the FDA will do anything to shut down any clinics that have proven positive results for health improvement or healing cancer. Health is dangerous competition for conventional medicine and hospitals. The FDA will come in with their "stormtroopers" trash the clinics and confiscate all their patient files. Basically they shut those places down that have proven track records of healing people.The illness industry also gets all manner of legislation passed that will increase the revenue of the traditional Illness Industry. The current employment in the Illness Industry is enormous. It employs 18% of the total working population in the United States and has revenue about equal to the Federal Budget.
3. The organized religion industry pays no taxes, has a lot of unpaid volunteer employees, inherits many assets from millions of members of the religions that leave those assets in their end of life wills. Of course these inherited assets are not taxed either.
4. The accounting industry: Accounting is huge business because of all the government mandated paperwork required from businesses and from all companies that are traded on stock exchanges. The shareholders want to know what is going on with the finances of the companies that they have purchased stock in. Again the favorite tactic for the accounting industry is to sponsor legislation that requires more regulation and oversight of the financial industry and that requires more government paperwork from all businesses, big and small alike. The additional cost for small business and the time requirement to deal with all that extra paperwork becomes too much for many a small business and discourages new small businesses to be started by young entrepreneurs. All these extra laws and regulations can be selectively applied to the smaller financial service industries to squeeze them out of business with an overload of work that is requested/mandated by government auditors.
5. The insurance industry has lobbied the legislatures at all levels of jurisdiction for more laws and regulations that make insurance mandatory in allmost all sectors of the economy.
6. The government burocracy industry is organized by LaborUnions that demand evermore union dues and larger union employment at great additional cost to industry and governments at all levels of jurisdiction.