in the united states world war ii happened, as in europe, asia and the world. in the united states 440,000 men (and some few women) died as casualties of that war. in russia, to include the war and the communist purges before that war, estimates run as high as 35,000,000 deaths, inflicted by stalin and hitler. in germany, the germans rode the events they put into motion at some 20,000,000 deaths, not to include the jews who died in the german holocaust.
in china, who knows. i've not ever seen the figures for japan, but, it wasn't enough: they deserved everything they received as consequence of their aggression. they were ruthless and brutal to a degree hard to comprehend.
the men came home from the war. and, they fructified, and they fructified some more. as a consequence, my generation of humans, conceived and born after the war was huge in number. post wwii populations exploded in the u.s. and in europe.
this phenomena is known in the united states as the "pig in the python" to describe the glut of people in the population.
and it was this pig, or perhaps better described as a "cash cow" that drove the expansion of the american welfare state, which was fueled by the taxation of an enormous wage earning and tax paying demographic segment of the population. in basic economic truth, my generation of people (i was born in 1948, and became a tax paying wage earner at age 15) paid for the economic and social welfare system imposed upon american tax payers.
i am now 68. and, pretty much used up as a contributor to things, except incidentally. and, this holds true for most of my fellow "baby boomers."
we don't contribute to the public weal. we consume it, and just as we contributed enormously when we were hale and hearty, so we draw it down enormously in the social welfare payments distributed to us, and by the health care costs involved in keeping us alive.
basically, the python is shitting us out as we die off. and, there has been no like demographic phenomena come along to take our place as payers into the public coffers to fund everything created in the early days of the welfare state.
as a consequence, obamacare is going broke trying to pay for us, without enough taxpayers to be able to do so. (and, it will never have enough taxpayers to do so. simple truth.)
the poor old tired python that is the american welfare system is starving. and, is likely to die, having spent more than it can ever hope to gather. failure, collapse and death is the legacy of a failed state and the bill has come due, with a vengeance. we shall pay for the idiocy of our rulers and legislatures the way all societies preceding us who have behaved similarly, and that is failure and collapse.
unless the european and asiatic states we dug out from german and japanese aggression want to help us out. laughing. (not even ruefully. such is gratitude, in the context of history.)
john jay @ 10.31.2016
p.s. i put the "spam" thumbnail in just for giggles ... and, the fact that you may be eating a lot of it in the future. hey, it's not too bad, in a salty sort of way.