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No President will get elected on a platform of restraint and cutting back. Political and economic decisions are often made for today without thinking of the future.

In South Africa, where I live and work, we are having an electricity crisis. They need rolling blackouts because the demand exceeds capacity. The attempt to shut it down as little as possible, puts us dangerously close a national blackout because the buffer is so little.

Perhaps they should shut down power in more of the country so they can fix the problem faster?

Even in our personal lives, how often does the lure of “now” influence our purchases? That new cell phone or the upgraded car seem so needed, so we lock ourselves into a long-term contract. Don’t even get me started about debt versus savings rates in most homes!

One only needs to be a sports fan to be faced with this question.

BBC ran an interview with Lance Armstrong. He essentially said, “I would cheat again, I would just treat people better.” Armstrong was famous for vehemently opposing those who questioned him.

In American football, the Super Bowl bound New England Patriots find themselves in a scandal. We give names to these common occurrences, this one labeled as “Deflate-gate.” It centers around evidence that the balls were deflated, giving the quarterback an easier grip. Years ago, the star quarterback admitted this preference for a slightly deflated ball. The coach has crossed the line in the past. Did they do it?

The endless stream of denials of athletes and famous people have taken on an unbelievable feel. “I knew nothing of this” means just that, nothing.

Especially from people who have done it before.