6. Corporate Welfare
Supported ubiquitously on both sides of the aisle in Congress, while being vehemently opposed by almost every American citizen, corporate bailouts pick winners and losers in what should actually be a free market which punishes corporations that act badly. Worst of all, corporate bailouts are rarely labeled as such; they are often masked as programs designed to help the poor. As opposed to the incendiary, false designation of laissez-faire capitalism as “trickle-down economics,” this seems more apt to receive such a title. Government funnels billions of dollars into monstrous corporations, who are in turn are expected to turn over such gains to consumers. There are too many pro-big business government programs in existence to name them all, but it is safe to say that if a regulation is supposedly designed to target large corporations, such legislation will likely end up only applying to their smaller competitors, with many exceptions for the bigwigs themselves.