“I don’t know what to say!”

This cartoon is funny, but taken at face value it is also ludicrous. Not because we aren’t trying to pass on the cost of our irresponsible spending on to future generations—we are surely doing that—but because it assumes that the children will meekly, dutifully shoulder the burden.

Of course, the cartoonist has cheated by making the children look like cute first graders. It’s not first graders but high school and college graduates entering the work force that we are expecting to carry those burdens. Is this how you expect those folks will respond? I think they’ll know exactly what to say.

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