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University of Maryland (UM) College Park students last week finagled with federal spending and deficit reduction so that, at the very worst, they could delay economic Armageddon in the United States.
|Budget Hero: Election Edition|
Even allowing the country to fall off the proverbial fiscal cliff—a combination of economic policies dreaded by both major parties—would keep the government running until well into 2027, according to the game.
But simply delaying the economic Armageddon isn’t the point, said Diane Tucker, leader of the serious games initiative at the nonpartisan Wilson Center, which created the game and introduced the election-year edition in College Park and on Capitol Hill last week.
The game aims to better inform students and the general public of the federal government’s financial obligations reaching into the next few decades—projections based on information from the Congressional Budget Office, the referee of partisan bickering surrounding economic policy in Washington, D.C.
Source: eSchool News and Public Insight Network