The past is always tense, the future perfect.
A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, “Huh. It works. It makes sense.”
A woman states, “Dr. Johnson, you smell!” Johnson replies, “No, Madam. You smell, I stink!”
Ignorant people think it’s the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it’s the sickening grammar they use.