There is an unelected legislative body that is controlling politics in the United States of America, and has been over the past three decades. It functions in stealth, provides support much like a labor union, and has gained greater power than the Executive and Legislative branches of our elected government with the assistance of the Judicial branch.
This organization is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which currently boasts of 2,000 legislative members representing all 50 states. More than 85 members of Congress and 14 sitting governors are considered alumni. Among those are Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, Jan Brewer of Arizona, and Terry Branstad of Iowa. With this representation there should be little doubt as to why states came out with Democracy stripping agendas in 2011, attacking public employees labor organizations, civil liberties, environmental regulations, voter disenfranchisement, and fiscal policy while pushing for the "profitzation" of state taxpayer owned utilities, schools, and other services, even infrastructure such as highways.