I recall in the 1990s the Senate declining to send out a balanced budget amendment to the states. Robert Byrd stood there on the floor, literally with tears streaming down his face, decrying how the Will of the Majority would be thwarted by said amendment as he stood in its way.
Well, yes. Yes it would. You, sir, are neglecting the Will of Future Generations, and Their Right to Not Be Taxed Without Representation.
Note he's dead now, by political design, and future people have to deal with it, by design. He got to sling his power, we ate his words, and now pay for it. And our kids pay even more. Plus housing debt, and student loan debt, all of which is, or will be, heaved onto even further generations, as politicians assuage our egos and tell us we don't have to carry our own weight. Every fifth Slashdot article is student loan crisis, predicted yet nothing done, with implied destiny of government paying for it, i.e. future generations, in exchange for current votes for current power holders.
Did we get our money's worth from Byrd's 1990s borrowing, from their borrowing, which those politicians screamed was absolutely, god dammit necessary!!!!?!?!
Well, was it?
"Your failure to plan does not constitute an emergency on my part", can every nerd here quote. Well, this is that, writ large.