I think that for those Americans who are serious about their complaints regarding the cozy nature of official Washington, K Street and Wall Street, regardless of party or political philosophy, they should pay attention to the these two news items (here, and here). People who pay attention to official Washington know that there is a total revolving door once you get "in." If you were an appointee to Treasury from Wall Street, you can look forward to a promotion upon your return. If you were a former staff member with experience on a specific issue, then you prepare yourself for life on K Street. And people who fit those two examples know that they have opportunities to return to official Washington when they are ready.
I would love to see this revolving door destroyed. While I think that it is important for experienced people to have opportunities to show their expertise, I think that we need new blood constantly coming into the system. For example, though I believe little of the rhetoric of official Tea Party Republicans, I do think that folks who are at the grass roots of that movement would agree with me, that their side needs new blood, new people in Washington to try to carry their water. I also think that folks in those three realms that I mentioned are extremely afraid of outsiders of any stripe coming in actually to get something done, whether it's deficit reductions or aid to the poor. Those people see outsiders as folks to be co-opted, folks to be wooed into the world of Washington.
Though I wouldn't go so far as to say that all of Washington needs to be fired, because I don't think it's true, I do know that we need to kill that revolving door. We will see if the Tea Party Republicans are made of, since they (allegedly) represent a real challenge to the GOP status quo, but if as that aforementioned article about their hiring is really representative, then I think there might be some in that Republican movement who will be just as pissed as liberals should be with Obama's entire economic team (not including Elizabeth Warren).