In response to #6, the government has no responsibility to ensure the health and survivability of the economy. In fact, its attempts to do so have caused historically more harm than good. A Free Market is what it states -- Free. That means free to succeed, free to fail, and free from government interference, including bailouts.
If companies fail, its because the Market has rejected them. A Free Market means that consumers vote with dollars -- buying the goods and services they see fit to purchase. Companies like Toyota producing the Prius make money because that product is in demand. General Motors keeps losing money because its products are not in demand. A falling income should be a company's wake up call to change the way it does business, or risk obsolescence.
What's particularly egregious is that the government saw fit to allocate our tax dollars, without our say, to a company that should, by market forces, have gone under. I would have happily taken my tiny percentage of money that went to GM and instead spent it on a car I chose to buy.