This summer we have seen some devastating fires in the West. Many people
have lost their dream homes and will have difficulty rebuilding them
over the long term. We have also lost a lot of our natural forests. Many
see this as a tragedy as well. However, the burning of forest is a
natural gardening tool that improves our ecological situation because if
there were no forest fires, the brush would become so thick that it
would choke the life out of trees and ruin many animal habitats. It's an
example of something that appears to be horrible on the surface yet
actually has a long-term beneficial effect.
Interestingly, there are some parallels in our economy. Sometimes it is necessary to endure some pain immediately to gain long-term benefits. If we let too much of our national debt accumulate, the debt would put our country in so much ruin that the U.S. economy would cease to have value. Businesses, as well as citizens of our nation, would suffer tremendously and we would lose our status as a world power. We would cease to make progress because the more debt we accumulate, the harder it would be for us to rebuild our economy.