A new Web game has finally brought every American taxpayer's fantasy to life. Budget Hero 2.0, a timely update to an earlier title, gives players the chance to choose where their tax dollars are spent while simultaneously working to save our ailing economy.
It's somewhat ironic that the game was created at least in part with the help of federal tax dollars by American Public Media, which produces public-radio shows including "Marketplace" and "Prairie Home Companion."
Budget Hero uses data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which keeps track of the budget and makes predictions about the impact of all sorts of proposed policies. This allows the game to get pretty wonky very quickly, with options to "extend the Bush tax cuts" and link that amount to inflation right off the bat. It's almost as confusing as calculating hit points, for all you old-school D&Ders out there.… Read more