What have we learned in the last 2065 years?

via email this quote:

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled. The assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” ? Marcus Tullius Cicero

Evidently not much at all.