And that swelling you speak of couldn't in any way be related to the housing collapse and subsequent implosion of the labor market? Preposterous notion I know, but one that just may be worth considering seeing as a scant year before said collapse the unemployment rate presided at less than 5% and the howling about parasites, leeches, and other insults levied at those dirty street folk was remarkably quiet.
It looks as if you've embarked on another quest to form an entire paragraph without presenting an idea, suggestion, fact, rebuttal or anything resembling such. From a mere glance it appears you were wildly successful.
All I can say is $32 trillion dollars. Would anyone really miss a $1 million of it if it fell into my pocket?
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
The attitudes expressed in this thread and their consequences are a big reason we and many other companies moved as much of our operations as possible out of the USA. We now have only a minimal operation in the USA and, surprise, surprise, it manages to break even year after year.
The USA used to be the place everyone wanted to be, our company included, but not any more. Why would that be? It certainly is not because of salary rates. Our pay rates are higher than USA rates for similar positions. We even have some employees that were formerly USA citizens.
Much of EU went down the path you are headed and they are beginning to pay the price. Oh well, we will do fine no matter what y'all do. Bon Voyage.