Ancient Rome fell due to many problems within the Empire after the Pax Romana. Today, the United States faces problems that are fairly similar to the problems that occurred in Rome before it fell. Some of these problems were corruption, government overspending, and unemployment.
Corruption was a big problem to Ancient Rome and a problem today in the United States. Ancient Rome was corrupt in the way that their emperors ruled. Many emperors felt that they were superior to others and the Roman senate lacked to provide social reforms. There was also corruption in the amount of bribery that took place in the senate. A similar problem exists in the United States. An example of this is that, Senator Ben Nelson is accused of selling his vote for the Health Bill. When the Health Bill was first introduced, Senator Ben Nelson was against it and claimed he would not vote for it. But after ...view middle of the document...
The roman government was buying bread and providing free shows and did not have enough money to pay it off. The United States faces overspending in its stimulus bill. The stimulus bill has cost the federal government $787 billion and it is questioned for the sake of just spending money. The so-called Stimulus package is wasteful spending and will not help the economy, for it leads to more taxes which results in less spending. The expensive stimulus package has also increased our nation’s debt. Unemployment was also a problem for Rome as well as the United states. Unemployment in Rome was cause when farmers had to sell or lost their land and could not pay their workers. The people were forced to leave and filled the cities with unemployed people. Unemployment in the United States, as of January 8th 2010, is at ten percent. In December, the number of people with a job fell by 589,000 and the people not in the labor force increased by 843,000 during the last month. Since February, the number of people without jobs has increased by four million.
My advice for the American people would be to watch what politicians are doing. We have the right to demand transparency in government. We also need to elect politicians with strong conservative beliefs and values. And most importantly, Americans need to be more familiar with the constitution, for that, is the building block and the frame work of our great country. I would also advise Americans to urge our politicians to shrink government. A smaller government means less bureaucracy, which in return would mean less corruption and also reduces the opportunity for overspending. Government also needs to get out of the way of the free market system because that is the only way to reduce unemployment.
Corruption, government overspending, and unemployment were a few of the major problems that led to fall of Rome. In the United States, these problems can also be clearly seen. By becoming aware of what the government is doing and if the people become more active in the government, these problems can be fixed.