Balance the Budget Yourself!

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Ever wanted to know what it would be like to craft fiscal policy, allocate billions in tax revenue, or balance your very own federal budget?

On Wednesday, American Public Media’s Public Insight Network (PIN) launched a newly updated version of their “Budget Hero” game, which allows participants to envision their ideal federal budget. The game, based on data from the Congressional Budget Office, begins “10 years from now to show what would happen if current [economic] policy were to continue on, unchanged.”

Players start by selecting “badges” most compatible with their political views, ranging from “Tea Party” to “Energy Independence.”

Click on the icon below to launch the widget in a pop-up window:

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

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DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily bluster—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

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