When gov't helps poor people it's called a handout ,helping big business = subsidy, donating to the wealthy = tax break

Beneath every issue in American politics lies a deeper one, and nowhere is this truer than with our economy. At this time in our history, our economic system doesn’t serve our democratic values.

Beginning in the 1980s, an economic perspective which deems market forces our most appropriate organizing principle, began to infiltrate both American politics and American consciousness.

According to this view, the fiduciary responsibility of corporations to serve short-term profit maximization of their stockholders – with no particular ethical responsibility to other stakeholders such as workers, community or environment – began to replace democracy as our primary organizing principle.

Advocacy for the well-being of citizens and the planet was now to be brokered by market forces, which alone were deemed the appropriate arbiter of our social good.

The real wealth of our nation lies not in corporate profits, but in our people. Investing in care is both humane and good for our economy.

This view represented a radical departure from a most basic value in our Declaration of Independence: that, “God gave all men the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and that “governments were instituted among men to secure these rights.”

Yet today, our government functions more to secure the rights of multinational corporations to make more money for their stockholders than it does to secure the rights of We the People.

This shift away from our core principles was sold to the American people on the basis that so much money transferred to our corporate overlords would result in more money for everyone else as well.

American middle class has been decimated.

From huge corporate subsidies, to tax breaks for the very wealthy, to deregulation of even the most fundamental protections, to greater and greater permission given to moneyed interests to flood our political system, to the proverbial “revolving door” practice between corporate and government leaders, the American people have been played.

Why would a huge multinational corporation – with no particular allegiance to the American worker – feel any remorse about closing an American factory and relocating it to another country?

Particularly when the Supreme Court of the United States granted to companies the preposterous notion of “corporate personhood,” billions and even trillions of dollars started flowing in the direction of a system deeming itself responsible only to its stockholders.

For all intents and purposes, our government has become a handmaiden to a new corporate order; it has surrendered to those whom President Franklin Roosevelt called “economic royalists.”

Just as an individual can dwell in denial, so can an entire group. Today, the American people are in denial if we think that the existence and perpetuation of our democracy is guaranteed.

In order to override the tyrannous effects of an authoritarian corporatism that has now infiltrated the highest levels of our government, we must rise up en masse and elect a new wave of officials deeply dedicated to the democratic ideal.