As my great-grandmother said, "Paying people to not work will bring no good end." Only she was saying it about the Great Depression - the Progressives' Crowning Glory, at least until the Obama Administration.
So the Governmental Wealth Destruction Machine has been running a lo-o-ong time now. It's just becoming virtually impossible to ignore.
I still say the over/under for the survival of "The United States Of America" is 5 years - possibly 18 months if Obama senses that his RATparty will lose both the House and Senate in 2014.