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The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say
Look at it this way: The accepted wisdom is that in order to get the biggest bang for your stimulus buck, you put it in the hands of those who would spend it immediately, which is why a large portion of the stimulus money was directed at things like food stamps and unemployment. However, the impact of the money is not the only concern - if it was, we could have done a much better job by eliminating all the inefficient things like tax cuts and hiring incentives and replacing them with a $400b grant to Lenny Dykstra. That doesn't mean that such a plan would have been "fair" or objectively beneficial.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.