"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
So, evidently nothing.
Now that we the people have the attention of DC on Federal spending, are we sure they think as we do and mean the same as we do in cutting spending? This comment by John Crawford of Michigan speaks to how they are approaching the cuts in spending now (8/2/2011 debt extension), while passing off true cuts to future Congress:
If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.