There are plans to release about 30 million barrels of oil from the National Reserves. When asked, "Why not allow drilling?" the excuse is, "Well, that will take ten years to have an effect." I love that logic. So, when your kid wants to go to college and get that degree you can say, "No. That will take four years before you'll get it." Save for a decent down payment for a house? "No. That will take too much time. Better to get a bad loan with less money down." Nothing like "instant gratification" to base all decisions.