In an economy that is 80% sustained by the consumer, when the consumer disappears, so does the economy.
As the economy disappears, unemployment soars thus social costs soar. BUT, as the economy disappears and social costs surge, TAX REVENUE DWINDLES.
As we bail out banks and companies, as social costs soar and as we expand our military effort, where is the money going to come from if the tax base is disappearing?
And if social expenditure is curtailed at the same time that the power elite is caught in scandal after scandal, how long till the masses revolt?
World war by 2013/2015