What is the difference between the graft used by politicians in third world countries and by the way we finance candidates who run for office?
Because it is so expensive to run for office, our Congress seems to be more concerned about raising money and keeping their funders happy than they are in making decisions on what is right for Americans as a whole.
In regards to creating more transparency in Wall Street as an example, neither party, yesterday or today, wants to do much that is different than their funding base wants them to make. This of course leads to political deadlocks and bad legislation.
We need to find a better way. Perhaps this means we need a new way to finance campaigns.