There’s a new online game that had me addicted this afternoon. It’s called ‘Budget Hero‘ and lets you chart a course to economic liberation.

You can play as either presidential candidate, a treehugging hippie, a hater of defense spending, a big business guy, a medicare moderate, or any number of other outstretched hands in the national budget.

It’s somewhat entertaining in a kitschy ‘kids-will-never-want-to-play-this-boring-thing’ type of way, but I have to admit I did get a good feel for the ‘increase taxes’ button. And maybe realizing my willingness to press said button was the lesson I was intended to learn all along?

American Public Media: Budget Hero