Madam Speaker, everybody outside of Washington, DC, understands government spending is out of control.

For those inside the Beltway who don't get it, the Congressional Budget Office put out a report that explains it loud and clear. The report says, "Deficits will cause debt to rise to unsupportable levels.''

That's right, unsupportable levels. Every family struggling right now that tries to make ends meet understands that you can't spend more than you make.

In 55 B.C. the Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero supposedly warned Rome before it crashed and burned: "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, and 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.''

So what have we learned in 2065 years since Cicero first said these words? Apparently government-gone-wild big spenders haven't learned a thing.

And that's just the way it is.