Reached it in 2007 and the shadow-players knew it. Knew they had the numbers to make it a close election and had the operatives in ACORN and friendly judges to pull the last strings and fix the close precincts. Those voting their own interest, their own largesse, are in the majority. We're there, it seems. That point of place and time where there are more singular people taking from the common purse than are adding to it (by jobs, not by amounts).
It's a voters' tipping point from which I fear we will not recover. Be sure to note the steady climb of that graph, and consider the dip in the graph during the Reagan years, and the conspicuous growth since. Why it's almost as though they are ALL in on the deal, and I'm ashamed to consider what political expediencies were foisted upon us by our own so-called Conservative legislators and executives.
Our republic? It's dead, Jim:
UPDATE: Good. I'm glad to see some commenters re-aligning my thinking on this, cuz I need some reassurance. Still, just thinking about the gov't and city sector pensioners and all other seniors and beneficiaries of the common weal, and I'm dubious, peeps. Seriously doubtful we can march it back from the trend.