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They say history repeats

The budget should be balanced, the Treasury
should he refilled, public debt should he reduced,
the arrogance of should be tempered
and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands
should he curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.
People must again learn to work, instead of living
on public assistance."
Cicero - BC
2067 YEARS
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User avatar #3 - internetexplain ONLINE (04/06/2014) [+] (19 replies)
Let's do it like Rome then, become super militant and invade other countries for their resources!......wait
#2 - trollypollyz (04/06/2014) [+] (3 replies)
cicero knows all
User avatar #59 - rapebear (04/07/2014) [+] (4 replies)
The collapse of Rome came from prolonged wars and an early relative to the bubonic plague, not some B.S. welfare system.

Also, there were no ******* in Rome, so how could there be welfare? #realquestions
#64 to #59 - ComradeBritish (04/07/2014) [-]
Apart from all the colored people acquired from various conquered lands in the east and Africa.
#9 - anonymous (04/06/2014) [+] (3 replies)
It's not that history repeats, it's that people don't change. Our driving force is self-gain. That's why many of us view the majority of people (that are not our friends/family (which does not always apply)) as humangous douchnozzles. We want wealth (read "power") to make our lives better, and if we get it, we still find **** to complain about and want more of the former to rememdy that. Blah, blah, blah, cynism, pessimsm, whatever ad infinitum ad nauseum.

And yes, I am very fun at parties.
#15 to #9 - kulamia (04/06/2014) [-]
*History major reading your explanation*
#44 - alimais ONLINE (04/07/2014) [+] (1 reply)
We all know who to blame
User avatar #43 - beloth (04/07/2014) [-]
I hate when people make post like these. They don't seem to understand how economies and politics work. Its not always as easy as it seems.
User avatar #39 - haeckal (04/07/2014) [-]
Unfortunately not a real Cicero quote. Still good policy, though.
#31 - deezknuts (04/07/2014) [+] (3 replies)

He basically just said "things should be this way" but provided ZERO means by which we could achieve such an ideal. He's no better than a tumblrist. Ideas don't mean jack **** if you can't provide a means by which you could realize them.
User avatar #49 to #31 - civilizedwasteland (04/07/2014) [-]
Well considering Rome as an empire lasted some 400 years after this statement there's a strong possibility he did in fact do something.
User avatar #56 - Crusader (04/07/2014) [-]
And then he gets hanged for helping Russel Crowe escape
User avatar #54 - Ajracer (04/07/2014) [-]
I took a Roman Civ class last semester and had to read just about everything we have from Cicero and this is definitely not real....
#18 - SILENCEnight (04/06/2014) [-]
**SILENCEnight rolled image** if humanity learned from all the mistakes it made in the past we'd be settling on Kepler 62e by now.
#1 - schnizel (04/06/2014) [+] (2 replies)
#63 - anonymous (04/07/2014) [-]
well, or maybe the basic welfare system wasnt all bad when it, after all, have carried us through the last 2500+ years.
#55 - anonymous (04/07/2014) [-]
Rome didn't reach its peak until 117 AD, which was 150 years after Cicero said this....... And Rome didn't collapse until 476. Butwhateverman.
#50 - nedaulk (04/07/2014) [-]
The way economics works now is very different from how it was then though. One of the economic strategies America used when it first became a country was to NOT repay its debts so that countries had a long term interest in the country's success to get their money back. Banks almost all lend money they don't have and the world has a global economy with global problems everyone should address.
User avatar #12 - hitbyadriveby (04/06/2014) [-]
Proof that history reposts itself
User avatar #5 - Savlonade (04/06/2014) [+] (1 reply)
i seem to recall this guy ended being murdered and his hands being nailed to the senate door for speaking up one too many times.
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