We Republicans can never win popular support until we rid ourselves of the tendency toward pork and crony capitalism. If the Tea Party achieves nothing else, it would be a huge boon to our democracy for it to drive the supporters of this sort of thing out of the Republican Party. Government should create a fair playing field for business, but it should never lift a hand to help a specific business win the competition. That goes for entire industries as well, e.g., farming, solar. The one exception is the defense industry which by necessity must remain in a mercantilist regime.