drain of resources

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Moreover, the greater the drain of resources from the private sector, arguably, the lower the growth potential of the economy.
But Jobs conceded that the enterprise productivity market belongs to Wintel: "A frontal assault on it would be a tremendous drain of resources without much probability of success.
Police departments used surveillance units with great success in the 1970s and 1980s, but today's personnel shortages, coupled with the intensive drain of resources to fight the drug epidemic, have eliminated most crime surveillance units.
It would appear that the people in authority have adopted the attitude that these very vulnerable people have served their purpose,paid their taxes and national insurance for many years and are now just a drain of resources.