corporate welfare

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corporate welfare

Financial aid, such as a subsidy or tax break, provided by a government to corporations or other businesses, especially when viewed as wasteful or unjust: "critics who say that letting big companies raise private stock on public land amounts to corporate welfare" (Frank Clifford).
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cor′porate wel′fare

financial assistance, as tax breaks or subsidies, given by the government esp. to large companies.
[1990–95, Amer.]
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It also makes political and moral sense to cut welfare for the rich before cutting welfare for the poor.
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Browning doesn't expressly make this point, but the existence of welfare for the poor provides the smokescreen for welfare for the rich. Like a magician misdirecting the attention of his audience, politicians made a big spectacle of their proclaimed "compassion" for the poor while slyly slipping billions to well-heeled interest groups.
Why is there public money to provide welfare for the rich but not the poor?
If we want to live up to the old saw that the press should "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable," the TV cameras need to spend more time focused on the ugly realities of welfare for the rich.
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But it's welfare for the rich. As for the poor, they are seemingly expendable.

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