Thursday, July 14, 2011

Computer Game Gives Americans a Shot at Managing Federal Budget |

From the article:

"This game will lead you to the conclusion that there has to be structural change" in the big entitlement and revenue programs, said John Tanner, a former Democratic lawmaker from Tennessee.

Linda Fantin of American Public Media said the game has been played 830,000 times since the original version came out in 2008. The sponsors said they hope to get the new version into schools and universities by the fall semester. The game is free and available at

Computer Game Gives Americans a Shot at Managing Federal Budget

Play it and share how well you do.


Alo Konsen said...

The game's design is fundamentally flawed. It relies on the CBO's static scoring of tax cuts, which completely misrepresents reality.

Maggie Thurber said...

Alo - that was evident in that many of the options I would have chosen were not even offered.

But for non-wonks (unlike us) I think it's an interesting experiment to see what some of the programs people support do to the debt over time.

Timothy W Higgins said...


Maybe the point that they're trying to make is that the budget is a 'rigged game'.

Maggie Thurber said...

lol, Tim-indeed, if you have to follow the CBO, it is.

That's why I said some of the 'cards' I would have wanted to play weren't even options...

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