Politicians are at the beck and call of corporations
The original Greek democracy was called Demos, where a farmer would leave his farm and go to Athens for a 1-year term, become a politician/administrator for Greece and then return to his farm.
In what I call corpocracy, a politician is elected and then is re-elected with the help of a corporation's PAC. The PAC then urges the politician to change the corporate tax code so companies such as Apple Corp. can have a tax rate in the single digits. This rate leaves inadequate funding for youth education.
Then these corpocratic politicians approve judges who will pass Citizens United, to give corporations citizen rights. Next, they create a gridlocked Congress that will benefit corporations, as the laws they need are already in place.
Thus a corpocracy allows the American dream to be realized by corporations.
Meanwhile, among typical Americans, a corporacy means both spouses work and they owe their soul to the company (corporate credit card) store, and the jobs their offspring might seek are moved outside the U.S.
Do we live in a corpocracy? If so, how do we return to a democracy of, by and for the people?
Solution: Term limits. Greek democracy had a term limit of one year. The U.S. House and Senate need term limits to change a corpocracy back to a democracy.