What does "preparedness and intervention abroad strengthened existing elites" mean?

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, elected on a platform of recovery and reform, spent his energies and influence on enacting the New Deal, raising prices, and putting people back to work. Reformers were often isolationist, recognizing that preparedness and intervention abroad strengthened existing elites and precluded social spending. 

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    Giving money to bad governments and or dictators often put money in their own pockets rather than being distributed to the poor; also democratic reforms seldom got implemented. Like food aid to Africa goes to the military first and to the people who need it last.

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