But it does illustrate a wider point, and that is the core economic and political issue of who is best placed to decide how money is spent - the government or the people.Oh dear. Can anyone really think that?
The core issue in politics may well be about who spends the wealth - the producers or the looters. But the core issue in economics is how is wealth created in the first place. That comes prior to how it is spent. And if too much of it is spent by the looters there soon won't be any wealth left.