Will Corporate Welfare Slow International Trade?

Rich Tehrani, blogger at TMCnet, asks an interesting question in a recent blog post:

Looking at this from a US perspective we have witnessed in the last ten years that the government has bailed out airlines, auto makers, GE and banks while spending billions on renewable energy and other stimulus programs designed in many cases to boost the sales of domestic companies.

The point is, how does any country determine if another country is competing unfairly anymore?

If the businesses within different countries are being supported by the government, does this lead to a slowdown of international trade? Only time will tell, but if businesses were allowed to succeed or fail based on the value they created then everyone would be better off.