Today’s “Founder’s Quote Daily” from a U.S. outfit called The Patriot Post has future president James Madison telling the House of Representatives in 1790 about government borrowing that
I regret, as much as any member, the unavoidable weight and duration of the burdens to be imposed; having never been a proselyte to the doctrine, that public debts are public benefits. I consider them, on the contrary, as evils which ought to be removed as fast as honor and justice will permit.
As too often, I find myself doubting that a politician today could either think or talk this way, there or here. What you see above is not a talking point. It’s an actual thought, expressed in language that came naturally to people habitually fastidious in their reasoning.