Money is the common denominator of much political discourse and action these days. If you have it and are prepared to use it, you can push the political process to advance your own interests and agenda as far as your money will take you. Maybe that has always been so. It just seems a lot more in-your-face these days, especially since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.
Likewise, the most powerful governmental regulatory force in our economy is our tax system, and it is regularly being manipulated by those with the resources to fund the lobbying process by which our tax laws are crafted and recrafted to meet the needs of particular sectors of our economy and of particular businesses and individuals — even as many of these very same folks vociferously decry “government regulation.”