This is a first. The New York Times has cleverly made a game out of solving the US financial crisis – it's simultaneously the most important and the most boring game we've ever played. And we played through the first 20 hours of Final Fantasy XIII.
"Today," begins the blurb intro to the game, "you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it online."
Australia is in a far better state than the US right now, so maybe it is down to us Australians to fix the US financial situation. Obama, according to our calculations, you have to reduce military spending and increase the medicare eligibility age to 70. There's a good couple of billion dollars back in the coffers!
Budget Puzzle: You Fix The Budget [New York Times]