feed the beast

feed the beast

1. In politics, to fund or supplement governmental spending, especially through increased tax revenue. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Politicians are always looking for new ways to feed the beast, but if we really want the economy to recover, we need to be cutting taxes across the board.
2. To devote or contribute an undue amount of resources, time, or energy to a self-perpetuating pursuit, situation, behavior, or desire. His addiction had become so severe that he sold everything he owned to keep feeding the beast. The country's leaders enlisted every able man to feed the beast of its war of expansion. We're brainwashed from a young age to continue feeding the beast of consumerism.
See also: beast, feed
References in classic literature ?
The beasts--however, it is simply absurd to suppose he did not know any more than to feed the beasts on oyster suppers.
Feed The Beast, which premiered at the Birmingham Rep, considers the impact of the media on the highest echelons of British politics - questioning whether it is possible for a Prime Minister to shun the press and still thrive.
Feed The Beast concentrates on the rocky relations between politicians and the press during Michael's first 100 days in power.
About 70 percent of insurance industry IT budgets are used to feed the beast, just to keep the existing platforms running smoothly, according to Kevin Kelly, executive vice president for Enterprise Markets at XDimensional Technologies and a well-known insurance technology consultant and iconoclast.
This sort of bubble ends when there isn't enough liquidity to feed the beast.
The answer to this crisis is not to feed the beast more but to scrutinize the laws already passed with the idea of eliminating (decriminalizing) the bloated over-regulating criminal laws that serve no necessary purpose and to reduce the burden on the people due to having to enforce such nonsense.
While selling newspaper buildings isn't a new thing -- the trend of moving presses away from the city center is at least three decades old and once the presses are out, thee's no real reason to stay -- the sudden flurry speaks to the issue of the need for newly leveraged, non-public publishers to continue to feed the beast that is the investment banks.
You need to feed the beast that's gnawing at your stomach, but you don't want to poison yourself with the McPlastic stuff.
The entertainment's industry is a vast black hole - and those who fill it, who feed the beast, become very rich.
A new installment of the Feed the Beast campaign will support the relaunch of the Spicy Chicken Burrito.
The world premiere of Feed The Beast will take place in April.