You fellows sure do love to fall back into Top-Down making a critical needs-must difference talking.
Really? Richard Millhouse Nixon?
The guy who wadge-freeze locked me into 10 cents-a-hour above minimum wage?
The life-long career jump-a-ship Politician? The out-of-touch man? The knows-best arrogant man?
Simple maths fellows.
Takes the willing contribution of ~3 working WILL/DOers to minimally support a single homeless/welfare Can’t/Willnot’s. They live cheap.
Takes the willing contribution of 3-5 working WILL/DOers to minimally support an earned-in former W/D, a pensioner. They live at ~50% of their former working earning wadges.
Takes 100-10,000 WILL/DOers to supports a Mastered Degreed ed-u-ma-cated professional administrator bureaucrat like a school Administrator, county bureaucrat, Church administrator. They “need” a car. They need an office. They need an administrative assistant. They need to send their own children to advanced education bettermentment to become just like themselves… of thier own class. They need to maintain a Public Face, status. A face the camera’s appearance.
Now a regional bureaucrat/politician . . . . takes at least 100,000+ WORKING/contributing-in WILL/DOers to support them. Office staff now. With an office administrator.
National level Politicians, national political party Elites, nation company Elites, NGO Elites, national non-profits Elites . . . these all take a minimum of 1,000,000,000 working/contributing W/D’s to support them. Why?
Jet flying to w/lodging junkets. Golden parachute support for life plans. Many more Have-to’s. Have-to’s. Higher-bar Status markers.
A, Richard Milhouse Nixon-type is never satisfied with just mere support of only a measly 1,000,000. Nope. Status says: More. History says: More. The dialectic says: More. Must only be measured in 100’s of millions in the pyramid base supporting UP from below. Yep. Truly the Egyptian Pharaoh’s uber-elites really set a high bar to achieve examples. You waana’ be remembered? Gotsta’ go really BIG. Hey! Maybe the early-GO-BIG Chinese Emperors-class were first, eh?
Why was SST really abandoned? The befit for too few. The many: not willing to pay for this anymore.
The French revolution against the royalty-class Elites. Same-same.
More common is that the many bottom tier lifters just no longer seeing a befit for themselves and their immediate family’s to keep WIILINGLY/DOing for what once was few true needing; inflated-up by lazy-knot-heads become too damn many with their grasping, insisting self-centered dragging the system down. Rome. British Empire.
Over-sophistication in people-groupos, just like Tech-over-complication soon leading to system no-longer, workie, usable, anymore. Broke: not-working; more than up: and functioning, benefiting for ALL.