I didn't read all of the last couple pages but I started this post to ask vegetarians a question, not to discuss business influence over the american government. Haha
I think that business' influence over government is a direct result of the establishment of income taxes and the IRS. Think about it, when a company like GE can make BILLIONS and pay no income taxes while people making 50K a year pay alot. Now democrats are saying the mortgage interest shouldn't be allowed to be deducted for homeowners? That's a broken system.
I think income tax is a necessary evil in the world today, people's expectations of what the government should provide them with has increased so dramatically that a purely sales tax system would be unsustainable. I'm not referring to arguably necessary entitlement expectations like medicare either, I'm referring to things like the FAA, FDA and highways.