Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cicero Weighs In On The Debt Crisis?

Marcus Tullius Cicero

    “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.
     This alleged quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero that began circulating on the Internet in October, 2008, is based on a true statement from the great Roman orator, but someone added a lot to it to make it match some of what the United States is facing economically.
     The actual quote is: "The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall."
     Hmmm ... taking artistic license with a 2066 year-old quote isn't kosher with me, I'm afraid.

The Good News:  CBLI bounced back to life yesterday!