What's the problem here?The US government already provides you bread (through welfare). Now it provides circuses too. That is the problem.
Read here. [pbs.org]
Augustus, realizing that the masses of average Romans had to be kept both fed and happy enough to remain peaceful, began the system of patronage we now refer to as "bread and circuses." He gave the people food, by means of grain distribution and legislation of food prices, and free entertainment such as chariot races, gladiators, and lavish spectacles in amphitheaters and the Circus Maximus.
Karl Galinsky: Tacitus says, "Through the sweetness of leisure, Augustus seduced one and all." And what Tacitus basically implies here is that he bought them off. He gave them bread and circuses... Augustus is buying everybody off, and everybody is happy again. And in the meantime, he is grabbing on all the power.