Thanks for this thoughtful essay. It appears to be part of having a prosperous country over generations, encouraging politicians to run up debt in order to prevent people from having to find their own way. It always ends the same way, because it is impossible to sustain such in the long run. We appear to be at the end stage of debt-based prosperity, and the next stage will be either the destruction of the dollar's value or default, either of which will destroy everyone's wealth. At that point, marriage and other traditional values will be the choice, because it will be necessary in order to survive, just as it was for most of human history.