GAO Warns of Decline & Fall .... of America
US problems are the same that destroyed Roman Empire, chief declares
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2007 3:42 AM CDT
A view of the ancient Colosseum's interior, during the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession, celebrated by the Pope Benedict XVI, in white at bottom center behind woman holding cross, ...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – America's dire state resembles that of the Rome just before its fall, the head of the General Accountability Office has warned in a grim new report. "Declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military, and fiscal irresponsibility," could lead to disaster here at home just as it did in Rome, declared the country's top inspector David Walker.

America desperately needs to modernize its infrastructure, and to  quickly revamp such systems as Social Security and health care, he noted. "I'm trying to sound an alarm," Walker said. "It's time to learn from history and take steps to ensure American Republic is the first to stand the test of time."