The United State's government was--and in most places, still is--the model of what a republic should be like. Unfortunately, it isn't perfect. Here are just a few of the things we can learn NOT to do from the U.S. government.
Don't spend more than you have
Deficit seemed like a good idea in the 1930s in the Depression because government-funded projects (highways, bridges, etc.) gave people jobs. Now, it seems as if it is taking jobs away from people because the amount spent was abused. So unlike the government, people should try and spend less than they have. When at the store, ask if you need it, or you want it. If you aren't a guy like Donald Trump, chances are money is an issue. Make lists of what you need (utilities, groceries, health insurance, rent, etc.) and subtract that from your income. The money that remains? Save it. Save most of it for emergencies or for a future plan--even for a vacation. Try not to spend more than you have so you don't owe too many people. We don't want to end up in a ridiculous amount of debt. (I wonder, if someone were to check underneath the U.S., would that person find a sticker that reads "Owned by China" on it?)
Don't get into other people's business
During the Cold War, the United States did everything it could to keep countries from being communist. That got the U.S. into Vietnam--in reality, there was nothing the United States had to do there. All that happened was that the U.S. practically lost, thousands of young Americans died, and the country became communist anyway. (It isn't the only time it's happened.) But the moral here is, don't get into business that isn't yours. If Johnny had a fight Clarissa, there is no need to find out more information and gossip. This will only hurt others and if you're a friend with either of the two--it will hurt your friendship with them too.
Stop bickering and find common ground
The job of Congress is to approve certain bills and measures by a majority vote. But certain rules, such as the filibuster in the Senate, can impede a final decision from ocurring even when there is a majority vote. Problem is, the dominant parties have become so polarized, it is impossible to get anything done.
Many times, we argue with a person about work, beliefs, and other things. But chances are, the argument won't do any good unless you're a lawyer--any other time, all it is going to do is get both people heated and waste time. So the key here is to calm down, agree to stop arguing, and work together and just coexist to move on and be productive in this world (unlike Congress most days).