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I agree that special interests are a problem. What's "best for the country" requires each politician to do a straw poll with lobbyists rather than their constituents. Perhaps we should stop voting against our own interests by re-electing them?
And there in lies the rub. It doesn't matter who gets elected, the same lobbyists will be there waiting for them. Look what happened to John McCain in 2000. He wanted to put controls on lobbyists so they cut his money off; we got George Jr. instead.
Who treats capital best? Is it individuals spending it to help get the economy rolling or is it banks and businesses keeping capital in their pockets after getting tax cuts? Tax incentives work for all of us if they are put back into the economy.
Business tend to hord capital when they fear higher taxes to be imminent. Tax policy needs to be friendly enough that it makes capital investment more attractive on an after tax basis than simply keeping excess reserves in the corporate treasury.
"We" is meant to refer to the citizens of any country, although I am in the United States and worded the question to apply to the U.S. I would appreciate responses from the viewpoint of residents of any country.