"Virtually all U.S. senators, and most of the representatives in the House, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent."
This is a quote from a recent article in Vanity Fair.
A similar situation exists here in the UK. In my view this is a situation which cannot be sustained and we need to wake up and do something about it.