Unfortunately for ordinary citizens the scale is balanced for politicians and those favored by government. Chosen artists and athletes did not suffer in Nazi Germany or the USSR. They do not suffer in other authoritarian nations They were needed to give hope to the suffering citizens. A few titles or Olympic metals made the citizens forget their hunger for a few minutes or hours. Supposedly government largess is used to control the populations for the benefit of the politicians and their favored. The Great Society was not a great society but a method to control the masses through promises not kept. Class warfare is necessary to keep control of those who want the freebies. Entitlements are no more than a governmental form of slavery.