This is different:
I’ve been “out of the house” enough to see how government “programs” affect the people we thought they were supposed to help. I was around when they launched the “War on Poverty” in the ’60’s. Almost fifty years later, the government is still spending huge sums to perpetuate and expand poverty.
Julius furthered his political career by buying grain for the poor of Rome. Modern politicians have refined the technique by using other peoples’ money. But letting the poor “off the hook” by providing them with genuine education and opportunity—or encouraging moral and Spiritual growth, to say the least— so they can progress out of dependence on the government is not part of the big plan.