I am NOT saying Romney is one of those corrupt business people who buy influence. I am saying that this is one of the things people debate over. What type of business was Bain? What type of businessman was Romney?
However, if we were to put a businessman who got rich by swindling and "besting" others in the White House (whatever the party affiliation) then we can expect that he would gut the country to benefit his cronies (and of course himself).
I personally think government SHOULD listen to business people, as well as nurses, doctors, teachers, farmers, scientists, engineers, etc. Ideally, we would have all these sorts of people in office as well.
But as far as being "in bed", it is really difficult to know for sure who is "buying influence", and who is just trying to "fight for what they believe in". But I am sure both those sorts of things are happening in politics and how money is used in politics.
I like to watch the money on Open Secrets. There are industries I trust, and industries I am mistrust (my opinion of the financial sector should be clear).
(You gotta wonder, does the party get money for what they believe, or do the believe what they do for the money...just look for yourself how industries spend their money).
There are also particular companies I think are OK, and other that I believe are shady. I don't tend to know much about individuals, but this is the scary group for me.
(To investigate this I require a little more digging than can be done on Open Secrets, so using the FEC databse directly...where Open Secrets gets most of its info)
When one person spends more than 10 times what a person would make in a year on donations to a political campaign, I really do have to wonder, what sort of influence does this one person have?
Then there is this weird and to me very sinister Super PAC phenomenon that has dominated this years funding: