may i add to your fishing idiom with another apt term.... 'power corrupts!'
whilst the financial incentives are a nice bonus to political figures, ultimately it is the fact that positions of power attract a certain kind of individual... the kind that like to be in control of others & find it easy to wield that control!
as for the 'feminized' society you mention, this is as some other commenter's say 'our own fault'!!! if we don't want to look after ourselves & more importantly our own then we ask our governments to do so instead, the more help they give the more we expect for our tax dollars, it creates the nanny states that we then cry out against! if we all taught our own children, grew our own food, created our own jobs, looked after our elderly & disabled relatives, took the time to understand the individual talents of each member of society & encouraged them to follow these up, then maybe we could be closer to the utopia we all claim to crave but we don't....
and for good reasons; because we don't want to police our own streets, put out our own fires, help out our neighbours or understand each others unique wants & needs. we lack the faith in ourselves & drive needed to educate our young & we don't want to do without the luxuries of passive living, in a world of convenience.
We want to think less & do less: No-one catches fish sat in front of their PC, no-one catches fish in front of their TV, no-one catches fish whilst negotiating the school run, but they all know it is ok because they just have to go to the freezer or the store... and there is the fish in its nice breaded, plastic wrapped & colourfully boxed glory- and no one asks, once their belly is full, if it was worth the cost?!!!