Where is the incentive to work when you have:
1. rising welfare benefits
2. social security
4. free emergency room healthcare
Entitlement spending is out of control
Entitlement spending per capita has increased as the percentage of not filing income taxes has risen
Does left secretly want another recession to extend unemployment benefits? Probably. A good bi-partisan compromise would be to raise the sales tax and enact some sort of entitlement reform, like delayed social security, increased means testing for welfare or chained-CPI benefits.