.The emperors added holidays until, eventually, the Romans spent half their days attending gladiator games, public executions and chariot (NASCAR) races!
(Or was it Video Games and Texting?
Just substitute Immigrants for Slaves taking the low paying jobs and recognizing America's exports and footprint on the world stage is contracting, there are too many parallels to be comfortable.
As I have frequently written, if FDR had borrowed Six Trillion dollars and spread it around to avoid too much pain, they would never have called it a Depression in the first place!
Free bread, circuses, welfare, food stamps; Stop at your peril!