Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
All true, but it works well for politicians to promise other people's money to fix a dependency problem by creating more dependency (in exchange for contributions and a vote).
"bread and circuses, boys! thats what the prols want. how can you ask the prols to chose between guns and butter if they don't know what butter is?" a little quote from Andropov to Khrushchev right before he stuck the knife in