From Robert X. Cringley's lastest column on the IT labor force delivers some fundamental political science:
If government wasn’t corrupt and wasn’t stupid, lobbyists would have no impact. Smart government wouldn’t need lobbyists to explain things. Uncorrupt government wouldn’t be open to manipulation by special interests.
It is pretty hard to argue with that. In our current system there is not enough expertise in government because the pay is better in the private sector, and even where there is expertise in one branch the other branches do not trust it. The Supreme Court's understanding of the health care system appeared abysmal in the oral arguments.