I received the following by e-mail. I just had to share with you all.
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.
Cicero , 55 BC
So, evidently we’ve learnt bugger all over the past 2,069 years!