Saturday, September 17, 2011

Some things NEVER change

What have we learned in 2,066 years

"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 become bankrupt.
People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

- Cicero - 55 BC

Two very smart guys.

z

20 comments:

MK said...

We will only learn from our mistakes, seldom from others mistakes.

Joe Conservative said...

Unfortunately in a democracy, we have to learn and relearn the SAME mistakes...

Joe Conservative said...

o/t - Think the Left is going to go crazy today???

A Pissed Off Irishman said...

exactly, some things never do change. the left are now bitching and moaning about republicans posting pictures of ape when referring to obama, where were they when the internet was FULL of pictures of chimps when referring to bush?
and it all about us Tea Bagger's now. would you say the the shoe is on the other foot?

Brooke said...

Can we run Cicero's zombie in '12?

FrogBurger said...

From Rome to corrupt Berlusconi and socialist Italy.
We know what's coming....

Silverfiddle said...

I don't think we've learned anything, unfortunately...

FrogBurger said...

Happy Constitution Day people.

Bob said...

Thanks to FB, I have learned something, today.

"Happy Constitution Day people. "

And then, SF had to ruin it by saying, "I don't think we've learned anything, unfortunately... "

FB continues to give hope, with " From Rome to corrupt Berlusconi and socialist Italy.
We know what's coming...."


Yeah, FB, the orgies are next. Bring them on!

Z said...

Yes, FB, thanks...it IS September 17th, isn't it...

I'll blog it...thanks.

FrogBurger said...

Sorry I'm not the candidate running on a hope program. I just look at history and what happens to the greatest nations once they become comfortable and lazy.

Leticia said...

I think we are still in the learning stage. Not good.

Bd said...

You know you are a Fox watcher if you think the country is 'broke,' lol.

beamish said...

You know you are a Fox watcher if you think the country is 'broke,' lol.

How's that potluck dinner to keep your granny alive going?

Craig said...

What have we learned in 2,066 years(?)

I've learned not to trust quotes from ancients that appear to apply to our times, as though we're ignoring the wisdom of the ages. Z, this is a phony, fake, made up quote. It's from a 1965 novel by Taylor Caldwell, "A Pillar of Iron". It's a fictionalized account of the life of the senator.

I will happily recant my assertion if you provide the original citation for the quote. Good luck.

Z said...

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/cicero-plan.htm

Craig, I Google everything before publishing.... and there was plenty attributing it to Cicero but most of them I see now attribute only half of it to Cicero, the first half.

Important, first and last halves, of course...whoever said it. And whoever made up the second half.
Thanks for checking, I'm very proud of my record but sometimes things get by me.

Bd said...

squeamish said: How's that potluck dinner to keep your granny alive going?

Don't have to do that now. Thanks Obama!

And thanks for reminding us of the mean spirited nature of the right.

Z said...

Bd, aren't you humiliated letting your neighbor pay for your grandmother? Worse, depending on your government? (P. S., Obama's not paying for it, trust me)

how creepy to think anybody'd rather go on the dole than be self sufficient and pay for his own

beamish said...

How's that potluck dinner to keep your granny alive going?

Don't have to do that now. Thanks Obama!

But Obamacare doesn't start until 2013. Is your granny gonna live that long with you playing X-Box Live with the money she needs right now?

And thanks for reminding us of the mean spirited nature of the right.

No problem. Although I must admit I was looking forward to watching you cry about your granny dying on youTube.

Always On Watch said...

Z,
I Google everything before publishing.... and there was plenty attributing it to Cicero but most of them I see now attribute only half of it to Cicero, the first half.

Wow.

Orwellian.