Panem et Circenses
The federal government of the Old Republic had never been intended to watch over the welfare of its citizens. Yet the feds now administer more welfare programs than we can imagine. Remembering their names is like learning the logarithmic tables by heart — just as difficult and even more pointless. State programs, while they exist, are often only supplementary. In many instances, funding of state programs is derived from handouts determined and administered by the federal government, invariably with strings attached.