Skip to comments.Steve Ballmer To Create U.S. Debt-Reducing Game
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."
They think its a game.
“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!”
In this game, will there be a RESET button for the whole government?
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.
It’ll be rigged.
Spending or tax cuts will cause the country to collapse while big tax hikes causes rainbows and unicorns
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.
End the Dept of Education for one step.
No more funding for Planned Parenthood, NPR, PBS, ACORN blah blah blah
Unless it as an urban siege scenario, I’m not interested.
Everything is a GAME to the commies....EVERYTHING.
“DO YOU WANT TO PLAY A GAME?”
Who Wants To Dismantle A Pyramid Scheme?
The game where everybody loses!
Instead of a fire button, the 0bama game has two buttons. You can click ‘spend’, or you can click ‘spend’.
A freakin game. How pathetic. I don’t need no stinkin game. Just CUT SPENDING!!!!!!!!!!
The headline is misleading. Ballmer was asked to create the game. It does not say he agreed.
Who was it that Hitler had as his propaganda minister?
Great...a game from Microsoft....will be hacked in 2 seconds
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.
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.