Well, I could say that here in the US we spend too much on prisons, and not enough on blah, blah, blah... but it's the general trend rather than the details that matter.
The current under 35 generation is feeling the pinch, and significant resources have not been mobilized to improve their situation. National economies do not function based upon a balance sheet but upon legislated initiative. The old guard is not motivated to work in the interests of the under 35 generation, and I would argue that they take cover under the narrative that the balance sheet does not allow for it. Both major parties are operating under this narrative, IMO.
Disenfranchisement has always been the state of the poor people in the US, but it now includes a good portion of the middle class as well. Organized labor used to be a primary means by which the middle class could exercise power, but technology and trade has eroded the leverage unions had.