The “trickle down” theory of economics says that if the government gives cash in the form of handouts or tax breaks to the wealthy, that the wealthy will spend that money and it will trickle down to people at the lower levels.
The bailout has been an excellent example of how Trickle Down money NEVER makes it to the lower income brackets. It mostly has simply puddled with the wealthy. I have lots of wealthy friends who are much wealthier now, while their employees and other people at the bottom of the economic ladder have received nothing or even lost their jobs.
The government should not give anyone cash, but if they do, it should go to those at the bottom who can immediately give it back to the economy and keep goods and services flowing.