While living in South Texas, I would abhor the sight of a snowbird's RV with the bumper sticker stating, "We're Spending Our Children's Inheritance." Of course it was their money and they had the right. But, to me, it pointed toward the larger AARP attitude of squandering our nation's inheritance.
Squandering Cultural Capital
In 1702, Cotton Mather finished his 6 volume history of New England, Magnalia Christi Americana. One observation within this tome stated, "Religion begat prosperity, and the daughter devoured the mother."