There are tens-of-thousands, likely more, scams going on inside the USA. A multitude of ways to ensure that a huge portion of the national wealth is sent upwards into the hands of elites. There are local, regional, state-wide and national elites. The national elites are the wealthiest and the international elites have enormous amounts of wealth and that gives them power.
Basically, We, the People are screwed. Pawns in games we have no control over. We can try to do our best to not be screwed too much but with the cards stacked against us as they are screwed we are and screwed we will be.