Those guys leaving the workforce to play poker....perhaps they've seen their future being shipped to India, China, South America, etc. American companies have zero loyalty or obligation to employ American workers, why shouldn't a guy say to hell with them. I'm going to leave them on my own terms before they ask me to train my Chinese replacement. If they need an American for a while, there are plenty around looking for work. I don't see a shortage of people out of work so I say more power to those who have the moxy to get out and pursue something they want to do.