"Living beyond our means" -- What means? The Banksters own our means.
"Means" something of instrumental value in order to achieve an end"
We hear the politicians pontificate and moan today about living beyond our means, and then go on about necessary austerity and cutting valuable programs and services and infrastructure development, and reducing our wages and standard of living, etc.
What means? The reason for this calamity is that we don't own the means. We are imprisoned by a private banking cartel who own the means to create and destroy both "our" money and credit. And because they own and control the means, they also determine our ends" which look bleak today due to the buildup of interest bearing debt we must borrow from a private cartel in order to run our nation, and determine our priorities.
Where are the politicians and representatives fighting to regain our means? The American revolution was fought, and the constitution was written, to expressly avoid this Imperial English trap of debt money and private cartel predation. But political corruption then and now has sent us back to jail. It's a life sentence until we escape, its death by debt until we revolt.
We can easily live within our means if we control our money and credit creation. We can turn debt into investment and lose the budget-crushing interest on debt. This liberation is freedom from neo-slavery. So when do we free the slaves?