Corrupt Roman Emperors of first and second century Rome kept the restless, idle peoples quiet by bribing them with "free stuff"; sound familiar?
The poor plebeians were kept from rioting by this method. Alice Schroaeder of Bloomberg writes:
Plebeians will be eligible for welfare, earned income tax credits, food stamps, rent supplements, Medicaid, Head Start, free schooling K-12 with two or three free meals a day at school, Pell Grants and student loans at graduation, job training and unemployment checks for 99 weeks. OOPS, SORRY, THAT WAS OBAMA!!!