When the Athenian navy went to gather defense "contributions" following victory over the Persians at Salamis, the natives of the island of Andros were unwilling to pony up anything. The Athenians issued a veiled threat to the Androsians, saying,
We have two powerful gods who accompany us everywhere we go: Persuasion and Compulsion.
The Androsians replied,
We have two useless gods who refuse to leave us alone: Poverty and Inability.
Margaret Thatcher was right. Sooner or later, you do run out of other people's money.