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Government Corruption - Roman Time Machine

Government Corruption in Ancient Rome and the U.S. today
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Tessa Heckert

on 18 February 2011

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Government Corruption - Roman Time Machine By: Tessa Heckert Government Corruption is a big problem in the U.S. today. It was also a big problem in the Roman Empire many centuries ago... The government was corrupt in Ancient Rome. The senators were greedy, and wanted to mint more coins, causing inflation. The famous ruler Julius Caesar siezed power and increased the number of people in office so everyones' power would decrease. The people in power stopped conquering land of others because the Empire was getting to big. This left the Empire with no new tax money to pay for public works, therefore putting people out of jobs. Ancient Rome's Government The people of the government never had an efficient way of choosing power, therefore they couldn't decidewho would be next to the throne, which caused a lot of riots, bids, and debating. The Struggle of Orders decreased the amount of food and the producers, soldiers in the army, and kept a low amount of labor going. This left many plebeians and patricians to become hungry, not protected, and without money. Too many wars went on in a short amount of time. Many were called by Julius and Augustus Caesar for uncalled-for reasons. Some of the wars included the First AND Second Punic wars. Ohio Government Corruption - Today The United Stated fell from 19th to 22nd last year in an independent survey on corruption with other countries. This is the lowest score awarded to the U.S. in the index's 15-year history of taking this survey, and also the first time out of the top 20. In 1999, big companies across the U.S., like Microsoft, have been hassled by the Justice Department of the government, because according to the Washington Scene, the big companies like so have been sharply increasing money amounts to political donations. This shows the government has run out of money. In some cases, government officials have broad or poorly defined powers, which makes it difficult to distinguish between legal and illegal actions. This has gotten very out of hand over the last three years. Worldwide, bribery alone is estimated to involve over 1 trillion U.S. dollars annually. The Supreme Court ruled that earlier laws and regulations regarding campaign contributions violated the right of free speech and limited the use of mail-fraud statutes in charging local and state officials with corruption. On November 3, 2004, many Ohioans marched onto the steps of the Ohio State House in Columbus, because during the presidential election for Bush and Kerry, millions of votes had been supressed, intimidated, and possibly stolen from the citizens. This was all caused by the supressed democracy. Trying to Solve Government Corruption In Ohio, governor John Kasich proposed legislation in early January 2011 to get jobs back in Ohio. JobsOhio would be created as a private agency exempted for the most part of public records and open meeting laws.
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Can We Go Back in Time to Fix the Roman Government? Based upon the information and research I have, I say we can't go back in time to help. Why is this? Well, for one, we have our own problems here on Earth today. The U.S. today has some problems of it's own that we need to fix so we know how to fix their government in an easy and quick matter. Some examples of problems we have today are:
inflation
not enough tax money
jobless people
greedy people in power
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