I’m obliged to fellow blogger Maddmedic for putting up a most interesting series of Venn diagrams, showing the relationship between individuals working in (or who used to work in) various sectors of the economy, who then went on to play important roles in Big Government (and often moved from there back into the private sector).
Here’s the first diagram, showing individuals who’ve served in both Big Government and Big Oil. (Click the image for a larger view.)
There are many more such diagrams at the link. They illustrate the incestuous relationship between Big Business and Big Government in a way I’ve never seen before. It’s an eye-opener. You want to know why “the will of the people” doesn’t ever seem to get taken into account in Washington D.C.? This is why. The ‘insiders’ run things for the benefit of their corporate masters, not according to what the people want. (They also make sure our politicians stay bought.)
The only complaint I have about Maddmedic’s series of diagrams is that they show only officeholders in Democratic Party administrations and politicians’ offices. There are just as many that could be shown in Republican administrations and offices. This isn’t only a Democratic Party problem – it crosses party lines. It’s a Washington D.C. problem. To reform Washington, we’d have to break every one of these incestuous ties . . . and I don’t even begin to know how to do that (or, at least, how to do it legally).