which barbarian tribe are you from? don't tell me the longer lived Greeks are doing better than Rome. In any case, Washington is the modern Rome. We can and will tax and bully (with our drones and boots on the ground) for the next century or so. Why, just think of President Rick Perry, if you want to think about Caligula, with his strap on... gun in the oval office. I'd prefer Bill Clinton with a cigar, or Obama with a speech, anytime over that kind of lunacy.