These are all variations on the same theme:

  • “short term pain, long term gain”
  • “…too desperately poor to deny the present for the benefit of the future”
  • “gravitate toward activities that lead to long-term growth not immediate gratification.”
  • “policymakers must grapple with comsumption (health, welfare, education) versus investment (research, science, infrastructure).”

When else must we weigh up spending (for today) versus investing (for tomorrow)?