When the effort is no longer profitable...
We even have our own Darth Darth Binks in Pence.
Honestly, though, there are times when I wonder if we're living through our own "Rise of the Empire Era" right now.
Say what you will about the Prequels, but they're looking more and more prescient every day. In fact, I half expect future generations to treat them as an inadvertent warning of what was to come, rather than the mixed bag most SW fans think of them as nowadays.
The Wu Flu is endemic now, and the measures that were put in places for the 'emergency' will never end under the Dems, who are likely to remain the controlling party in DC for the foreseeable future, because the GOP is worthless, incompetent, full of grifters, and out of touch with non-deep red areas.