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Steve Ballmer To Create U.S. Debt-Reducing Game
Edge Online ^ | April 14, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 04/14/2010 6:40:53 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded

President Obama's administration has asked Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer to create a game about reducing the U.S. deficit.

Erskine Bowles, co-chair of Obama's fiscal commission, wants the game to be made so the general public can have a go to balancing the budget, reports USA Today.

Such a game, should it be created, would be part of the U.S. Government trying to find a solution to addressing the United States' $12.8 trillion debt. Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska says the game could "go viral."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: debt; microsoft; obama; xbox

1 posted on 04/14/2010 6:40:53 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded
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To: Eyes Unclouded

They think its a game.


2 posted on 04/14/2010 6:42:07 PM PDT by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

“Timmy come eat you dinner right now before it gets cold!”

“Just a minute mom I just have to reel in the entitlement programs just enough so we can make it past the next bond auction!”


3 posted on 04/14/2010 6:42:24 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Wissa

In this game, will there be a RESET button for the whole government?


4 posted on 04/14/2010 6:44:51 PM PDT by Zeddicus
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To: Eyes Unclouded

1. Cancel TARP.
2. Cancel the Bailout.
3. Cancel ALL earmarks.
4. Give the president (or for the next 2 2/3 years the occupant of our White House) a line item veto.
5. Eliminate all unfunded mandates.
6. Eliminate all spending that is not clearly related to an enumerated power.
7. Cancel ObamaCare.

I’d cut more than that, but it’s a good start and probably enough to balance the budget.


5 posted on 04/14/2010 6:44:51 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

It’ll be rigged.

Spending or tax cuts will cause the country to collapse while big tax hikes causes rainbows and unicorns


6 posted on 04/14/2010 6:45:27 PM PDT by GeronL (Entitlement Zombies will become real zombies when the money runs out)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

The debt can be reduced in a week’s time. Hyperinflate the debt away.

Of course that has its own problems, including economic crisis, rightfully earning the hostility of the creditors foreign and domestic and civil unrest.


7 posted on 04/14/2010 6:46:14 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: Pollster1

End the Dept of Education for one step.

No more funding for Planned Parenthood, NPR, PBS, ACORN blah blah blah


8 posted on 04/14/2010 6:47:07 PM PDT by GeronL (Entitlement Zombies will become real zombies when the money runs out)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Unless it as an urban siege scenario, I’m not interested.


9 posted on 04/14/2010 6:50:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Everything is a GAME to the commies....EVERYTHING.


10 posted on 04/14/2010 6:51:22 PM PDT by goodnesswins (The PLANTATION Party is at it again (the DEMS) ....trying to make slaves of everyone)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

“DO YOU WANT TO PLAY A GAME?”


11 posted on 04/14/2010 6:51:55 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Eyes Unclouded
Drawing on data from a recent Economist/YouGov poll -

The programs that make up the largest share of the federal budget are typically the ones that the fewest people want to cut....As you move downward, into categories of spending that are increasingly popular, you get to the largest federal programs, particularly entitlement spending.


12 posted on 04/14/2010 6:52:02 PM PDT by nc28205
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To: Eyes Unclouded
He could call it:

Who Wants To Dismantle A Pyramid Scheme?

The game where everybody loses!

13 posted on 04/14/2010 6:53:02 PM PDT by Theophilus ('a dog is smarter than its tail', but if the tail were smarter, then the tail would 'wag the dog'.)
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To: nc28205
Not many clearer examples of what’s wrong with our country than that graph. More people are willing to cut national defense than cut health research, highways, education, medicaid, social security, medicare or veterans’ benefits. I wonder how many people who participated in this wonderful survey even know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
14 posted on 04/14/2010 7:00:52 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Instead of a fire button, the 0bama game has two buttons. You can click ‘spend’, or you can click ‘spend’.


15 posted on 04/14/2010 7:09:43 PM PDT by kenth
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To: Eyes Unclouded

A freakin game. How pathetic. I don’t need no stinkin game. Just CUT SPENDING!!!!!!!!!!


16 posted on 04/14/2010 7:10:00 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Eyes Unclouded

The headline is misleading. Ballmer was asked to create the game. It does not say he agreed.


17 posted on 04/14/2010 7:12:13 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Who was it that Hitler had as his propaganda minister?


18 posted on 04/14/2010 7:12:27 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Great...a game from Microsoft....will be hacked in 2 seconds


19 posted on 04/14/2010 7:14:47 PM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: nc28205

Your post highlights a major part of the problem. Many voters simply don’t understand the entitlement programs aren’t anywhere close to being fully funded. Democrats are simply lying when they state Social Security is a success. It is not, and the facts are plain to see for anyone who cares to look. Based on current rates and demographics, we have an incredibly huge unfunded mandate that is only going to get worse. We are likely to reach the point where we can’t even borrow our way out of it, because it will take an ever increasing bite of tax revenues just to service existing debt.

If every working American (about 175 million) volunteered to chip in an extra $1000 this year, we wouldn’t come remotely close to closing the gag...for this year. It would take something closer to every taxpayer paying $500 extra PER MONTH to balance this year’s deficit!

Voters are simply going to be forced to decide at some point. Either raise taxes A LOT, cut entitlements A LOT, or do quite a bit of both. I’m sure the federal government has all sorts of smart folks analyzing our government spending. The truth is, they can get away with a lot of deficit spending. A government can even create money out of nothing for a time. I just hope the experts have figured this out well enough that it doesn’t all come crashing down before we have a chance to fix it.


20 posted on 04/14/2010 7:19:54 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Governor Palin backs RINO extraordinaire Juan McPain (and that just sucks!))
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To: CitizenUSA

good post Citizen. you are correct — a good start would be for the lies and spin to stop. we’re just pushing our debt off and we cannot forever — we may not pay the piper this year but when we do — whoa boy. I have come to the conclusion that people usually do not want the truth — it takes a certain amount of character to be able to recognize a problem AND correct it. I think a lot of Americans have lost that or where never taught that.

anyway, it’s quite possible Democrats are convinced high taxes equal prosperity. I swear I have heard no less than 3 times this past week from different Democrats (one in a Houston Chronicle letter to the editor) the quote:

“taxes were highest in the 1950’s and America was the most prosperous then so a high tax rate is good”.

I realize that it was easier for these folks to repeat that statement (Lord knows where they read or hear it — I’m not Googling it) without intellectually challenging it by putting some critical thinking skills to use. And I know — because I’ve put a lot of thought into this — I can’t fix stupid — so I just move on.


21 posted on 04/14/2010 8:38:59 PM PDT by model B (attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference -- Sir Winston Churchill)
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