The coexistence of record profits and high unemployment is supposedly evidence that corporate America is screwing the little guy. But I don't think that's the case at all. For one thing, businesses that are thriving don't take money out as profit so much as put the money back into the business.
Think about it for a minute—how many other excellent uses are there for excess revenue? They could pay down debt, invest in research, or any number of other things.
The record profits are indicating that corporate America isn't very optimistic about the future, so they are cashing out now. This is because gov't policy has raised the amount of risk in doing business—from personnel expenses (unemployment insurance, Obamacare, etc) to environmental policy.
Businesses don't like risk unless there is enough reward to offset it. Right now, they are seeing much risk and little reward for reinvesting the money into their businesses. Thus, the cash out and 'record profits.'
Folks, once again it's not corporate America working against the little guy—it's the government that claims to be helping him.