Editor and Publisher published a piece observing that the most read Financial Times story in 2007 was a Jeremy Grant piece reporting a FT interview with David Walker, comptroller general of the United States.
From the article:
“Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr Walker warned there were “striking similarities” between America’s current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, including “declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government”.
“Sound familiar?” Mr Walker said. “In my view, it’s time to learn from history and take steps to ensure the American Republic is the first to stand the test of time.”
Mr Walker’s views carry weight because he is a non-partisan figure in charge of the Government Accountability Office, often described as the investigative arm of the US Congress.”
There is no doubt in my mind that the future success of the US is contingent on the character of its citizens and leadership.