If you ever threw a basketball into a basketball goal or a wad of paper into a trash can, you've learned an easy concept. The CLOSER you are to the goal, the EASIER it is to hit your target. The basketball has value in the game but without hitting the basket there is no need in it's value. If you are VERY FAR from the goal having the ball is not much of an advantage.
Government handouts sometimes give money to people who's minds are FAR AWAY from understanding how to invest the money, save it, or use it wisely. So the government check they receive isn't really giving them an advantage. Its like giving a player the basketball while he is far away from the goal.