What have we learned in 2,065 years?

101123 at 8:31 am 5 comments

“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.”

– attributed to Cicero – 55B

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  • 1. paleryder  |  101125 at 5:02 am

    There isn’t much doubt we have lost our way. There is going to be a lot of work to put this whole thing back on course.I hope we are all up to the task.

    Have a great Thanksgiving to you and your family,Hepsy.

    • 2. hepsy  |  101126 at 9:33 am

      I sometimes think that untwisting the course we have been on the past decades, with all its corrupt kinks, is a formidable task. Can we identify the twists and turns that have gotten US here?
      Instead of finding our way from what we used to be, we may do better to put our original Founding documents in front of US, obliterate all the laws that should never have been passed or perverted in the courts, and lay a new course with a focus on what we are to be. Our law creators and income robbers have forgotten that we are to be a free people, smart enough to know how to earn and spend appropriately. II would really like to see a federal government not perverted by power, lust and greed the way it is. I would really like to see the oxymoron of political correctness fall out if favor, in favor of accurate descriptions, and words like “profiling” taken at face value instead of transformed to evil.

      Mahalo for your well wishes. I hope you and yours had a happy day of Giving Thanks. My son in Afghanistan sent pics of his day — decorations included a carved eagle beside the carved turkey, red white and blue beside fall colored leaves, and a carved 6 foot alligator. (I don’t get the connection for its inclusion.)

  • 3. Joseph Hitselberger  |  110125 at 5:27 pm

    Cicero was a flip-flopper and changed his political positions with the winds. It’s noteworthy that Rome often had a problem of ships arriving with goods and leaving largely empty, that is, Rome also had the problem of having a huge trade deficit. That Cicero does not mention trade is most telling. Latifundium comes to mind too.

    A trade deficit leads to higher unemployment. Higher unemployment leads to a high government deficit (and monetary action in modern times). In short, Cicero misses the (causal) key variable. If you want to go after the government deficit, you should attack the trade deficit directly. If your name is Cicero, Obama or Boehner, you make the same mistakes, just different from the ones that Cicero refers to.

    Just look at the economic graphs linking the trade deficit to unemployment and the economy. With oil shocks (a trade deficit problem) the effect is immediate. Otherwise the effect may lag for one or two years, but it still happens.

  • 4. Dorthy  |  130218 at 11:25 am

    This really is the 2nd blog post, of urs I actually checked out.

    However , I actually like this particular one, “What have we learned in 2,065 years?
    Hepsy’s Kuleana” the best. Take care ,Ross

  • 5. Frederick  |  130225 at 11:57 pm

    Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to
    her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it
    pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but
    I had to tell someone!


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