It reminds me of the NFL. They make rule changes over time to the point where, in order to compete, a team has to have the franchise QB. The rule changes have taken out the possibility of a team winning by dominating on the ground, or defense. Secondaries are extremely constrained in what they can do to stop the pass. The rules protecting the QB have constrained the pass rush. And what do you end up with? A passing league that favors QBs and WRs. And that's where the money goes.
America does the same thing with tax policy and regulation. The hedge fund managers and derivatives wizards are raking in all the money, while producing nothing of value for society, because that's the way the rulebook has been changed. Hell, this recession was barely a blip on the radar for many of them. The jobs and factories go overseas because that's the way the game is set up. People respond to reward and punishment. And when you give the rich and powerful the capacity to buy that kind of government which will write the rules to benefit them the most, don't expect any change in the status quo.