Most of the tax breaks are really meant to help business, not individuals. Like the mortgage interest tax breaks---help sell houses and mortgages. Safety nets have been cut again and again over the past years. Those laws to help people during the housing crisis were not even enforced...have you heard about robo-signing? Have you heard about all the bankers who were thrown in prison? Or fined? Laws against discrimination are not exactly easy to prove, and there are many obstacles in the way of the accuser, but not the abuser. Consumer laws? Most of the consumer laws are silly, like all the warnings on items you buy (do not put your finger in this fan while it is running). But many of these laws do not protect the consumer from real abuses.
Most of the protections and benefits that we (lower and middle class) have are just window dressing. And occasionally, there is a law that really does help us, and I have to wonder how that law got through. Do not accept that all that is said to be beneficial is really benefiting you.