One reason is to keep out competition with the help of the state.
Other times, businesses partner up with government just so they can remain competitive with rivals already at the taxpayer trough. Two sides of the same coin really.
It's like the relationship Airbus has with the French and German government. If they didn't have it they wouldn't be competitive.
Look to the legislators as the prime culprits. The business leaders are responsible to stockholders, the legislators to us.
The greed American business is destroying this country. When is a CEO makes over 700 * an hour what the average worker makes that is a disgrace. They care not for their employees or so see its they only care about how much money they have and how much more money and power they can get. I understand making a profit I do not understand greed.
whatever the reason crony capitalism is not what was intended by our founding fathers...a business makes it on their own or they go under...simple as that...