I don't have a problem investing my money in wall street, as long as I pick the right companies. Pull all the money out of wall street and you will see this country drop into the shitter in a heartbeat. Any idea how many businesses and jobs depend on those publicly traded companies staying capitalized? Almost every person with a retirement is in "Wall Street". If the Traded Companies are strong then American business is strong, the economy is strong and we all win. (BTW that is not a guarantee but it sure makes it easier for someone to become successful if the business climate in America is strong). Now, that doesn't mean I don't have a problem with giving tax money to bail out specific companies. I agree the govt shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers. To me that is a problem and a whole different topic. As far as the second part; your comments about the flat tax, I have absolutely no problem with any of what you mention. In fact I do believe that is what a flat tax is all about.