"It is ok to Get rich by working harder and smarter....But don't get rich by getting the government to pass a law that sticks goverments hand in my pocket ,takes money out of it and gives it to you.That 's not right ." It is very crucial for people to understand....The government is taking from those with less to give to those with more..." David Cay Johnston of THE NEW YORK TIMES. He's won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award and many other accolades over his forty years as a journalist. Video PBS interview: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01182008/watch.html An example of this is the recent mortgage fiasco. Unscrupulous lenders sold high-risk mortgages and made huge short-terms profits (which they kept for themselves). When the bubble inevitably burst, the lenders who had outstanding mortgages lost a lot of money, but they were bailed out by the Fed injection of capital into the market. So in this way, the risk is socialized, in that the public purse gets stuck with the bill for failure, while private enterprise keeps the profits. Its like blackjack, except that when you win, you keep your winning, but when you lose the casino gives you your money back. The logical outcome of this is that you'll keep playing high-risk games because there is no real risk to you. We're guaranteed another bubble because the big financial institutions know that the government will not let them go bankrupt. What I don't understand is why they call this a feature of capitalism.