No, the people with the power ($$$) make the decisions, and so candidates are selected based on their pliability. Those who are "strong" enough to vote their conscience are not funded, and therefore do not win. You can only control the candidates by controlling the purse strings.
It's a big circle really: politicians set up regulations, regulations regulate corporations, and corporations take control by controlling the politicians. Why would corporations spend money on lobbying if it wasn't effective? The result is that you the tax payer are left with an illusion of freedom and no real power. You can't even stop them from polluting your state if they want to, which is why Iowa has two headed fish and Pennsylvania has tap water that can be lit with a match.
One more thing: Do you really want a system where people in charge of multibillion dollar corporations are not responsible? These are the people responsible for our food and medicine, the cars we drive, our energy, even the clothes we wear. Do you want them to make their decisions solely on profitability? So if they can save a few dollars by dumping toxic waste products in your back yard then that's ok?
This post has been edited by CTphpnwb: 17 June 2012 - 07:15 AM