Could it be the massive spending to keep unemployed people unemployed?
Remove the government-backed social bailouts, and you will find the unemployed will quickly find work, on or off the fields. A hungry belly is a great motivator.
Of course, I am cruel and heartless for pointing this out. What is really cruel and heartless is all the work that people are doing to support those who do not work. Slavery is wrong, even if the slaves are rich and the slavemasters are poor.