"A government that consciously degrades itself is telling you you're on your own"
Correction: if you have a government, you're on your own.
And this is correct.
If the government starts telling you you're not on your own (unless you
buy into government interests) then it means they're going more
communist and you will not like the result.
To get the government on your side you first have to demonstrate productive loyalty to the government program. The government has to see a significant loss as a result of leaving you out in the cold.
As opposed to giving you stuff for free because they're all secretly Yeshua. Nobody gives out things for free, and the government is no exception. Every "free" government program is structured to buy something they care about, and [being seen as generous] is not high on the list.