Politicians and bureaucrats are (self-interested) conduits for taking money from one group of people and giving it to another group of people.
Milton Friedman famously explained that this is why they largely don’t care about how much money is spent or how effectively it is spent.
No wonder government programs, agencies, and departments waste so much money, year after year, decade after decade.
This observation about careless profligacy also applies to so-called emergency spending.
But that’s just one problem with that program. Axios has a depressing report on how the turbo-charged benefits that were part of the coronavirus legislation triggered staggering levels of fraud.