Sword and purse

the military power and financial resources of a nation.

See also: Purse

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Wadsworth "objected against [the Constitution]," according to the records of the debate, "because it gave the power of the purse to the general legislature; another paragraph gave the power of the sword [to the legislature]; and that authority which has the power of the sword and purse is despotic." (20)