Oh I agree with most of that. But blaming those in charge is too simple. I think the root problem is that the majority of people think about short term gains, therefore politicians think about short term gains (to be reelected), and we end up with "let's try and kick the can a little further" as our policy. None of that can really change as long as we have idiots voting. Anyone proposing to do the right thing will simply be voted out and replaced by someone willing to do the wrong thing to deliver short term joy. It will take someone very clever to convince people to vote for long term solutions.