The Soviet Union existed as a strong centrally-managed economy, in which those working for the government tended to be very well off, and everyone else one step above the poorhouse. All decisions in the USSR went through Moscow, and nothing was allowed that was not expressly authorized by some committee in that city.
Despite all of this "efficent" central management, the Soviet economy collapsed entirely.
Based on the fact that our economy is becoming as strongly controlled as theirs was, the following trend doesn't surprise me in the least:
... according to data compiled by United Van Lines that tracks migration patterns.... the Great Lakes states, which include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin saw the greatest exodus of any region in the country, according to United Van Lines' 34th annual migration study. ... The most popular destination in the nation was the District of Columbia, which held that distinction for the third consecutive year. Oregon finished second in the study.
As Tom Elia points out, this trend, combined with the fact that the D.C. Metro area is essentially the only area of the nation that's escaped our nation's economic depression, implies that our economy has become crystallized around government largesse and bureaucratic mess.
Seeing how closely we're following in their footsteps, why should our future turn out any differently than Russia's?