Rome ‘s decline was due to many factors. When you read this quote from Cicero (55 BC), think of our state of the economy today and you have one of the major causes of its decline. History does repeat itself.
“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.” (Source: The War on Success by Tommy Newberry)