I've read much about the unbalanced economic recovery and horrific wealth distribution in the US. On PBS Newshour today one economist mentioned a phrase I hadn't heard before though long suspected: "Guard Labor".
"For every three workers in America that's producing something, there is one worker who's just keeping the lid on. These are the private security personnel. These are the police officers. These are the prison guards. These are the armed forces. These are the people whose job it is just basically to maintain the society's property rights and its — its social organization."