Corporate Welfare vs. Corporate Subsidy

Last Updated Mar 25, 2008 6:06 AM EDT

Bear Stearns was thrown a big-time, big-money lifeline by the Federal Reserve. And with that bailout, they also kicked off a new round of the "corporate welfare" debate that Ralph Nader began more than 40 years ago.

Can the government afford to be bailing out wealthy (or at least formerly wealthy) corporations when there are homeless on our streets and schools need to hold a bake sale to pay for textbooks? At the same time, can we afford to let a big Wall Street firm crash when the economy is this fragile? What do you think?[poll id=27]Don't like the options here? Trade them for your own in the comments section.

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  • William Baker

    William Baker is a freelance writer living in Cambridge, MA. His work has appeared in Popular Science, the Boston Globe Magazine, the New York Daily News, Boston Magazine, The Weekly Dig and a bunch of other places (including Field & Stream, though he doesn't hunt and can't really fish). He is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, where he writes the weekly column, "Meeting the Minds." He holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is at work on his first book.