Yesterday we got to talking about the 'Tea Parties' which were taking place all across the country. While some of us made the obvious point that the protests were about far more than just taxation, others tried to make the case that the protests were completely baseless since we are currently taxed WITH representation, unlike the original Boston Tea Party. But is that really true? Certainly we are all currently represented in Congress, whether we agree with what they do or not, we voted them in and we are "represented". But, here's the catch. Thanks to Bush, Obama, and other Presidents, our children, the next generation of Americans will be strapped with thousands upon thousands of dollars in debt before they are even born. I've seen some estimates that by the end of Obama's first term every American family would owe somewhere around $160,000 to get America free and clear of debt. While I'm sure there are a thousand different ways to calculate it, utilizing different estimates, including or not including different segments of the economy, etc... No mater how you calculate it, each newborn baby in the U.S. today is shouldering THOUSANDS of dollars in debt before they even take their first breath. Do they have representation? Did they get to vote on whether or not they wanted to be strapped with this level of debt? Do we have the right to just push our expenditures off to future generations? Just say "aw... Jr. can pay for that when he starts working.?" I don't know about you, but that whole idea bothers me a little bit. We're TRILLIONS of dollars in debt and Obama talks every day about spending even more, about creating an even larger welfare state... this WILL have to be paid for. By someone. At some point. And it just may not be those of us who are currently being 'represented.'