alright, here's an easy way to understand the basic relation of government assistance/dependence and power. my line is usually that a government that feeds you tells you what and whether to eat, and that is not theoretical; what can and cannot be bought with foodstamps is a constant political/dietary football. and, a government that gives you a place to live tells you how to live: reaches right into your living room and snatches the cigarette from your lips. you're straight at their mercy; they are making your decisions for you now. they want your every gesture.