National Budget Simulation or exploring America through software

September 29, 2005 at 11:43 am 2 comments

Nathan Newman has created a rather simple or really basically a really really complex series of forms that in the end show just little budget slashing seems to makes on the defeciet. If anything the National Budget Simulation is kinda like The Oregon Trail of the government: despite your best intentions, the situation always seems a little bit more complicated than originally envisioned. The NBS is a series of boxes intended to simulate the U.S. government’s budget. It isn’t exactly realistic after all committes and economists debate these issues, and what the simulation overlooks is the reality that some programs are effective. For instance the u.s. housing program and poverty programs have been terribly effective, and cutting them 10 – 20 % isn’t going to have a noticable effect on the economy (or so my logic goes after a week or so of looking at New Orleans), but all of that aside it does give you a perspective that you wouldn’t get outside of the computerized world. Simulation here, as in the Oregon Trail, is rather brutal. Most plans just won’t work even if you really want to restore G.I.’s benefits while protecting environmental concerns. But it also brings up e-government, why aren’t we just outrightly letting people fuck with simulations of U.S. economic policy and seeing which one wins? Why isn’t government more like a design contest and less like an autocracy? Hopefully programs like this can span the gap of experiences we feel in this life, I don’t know what it’s like to be an airline attendant or a senator, but on the whole we hate senators a lot more than airline attendents. Here is one piece of software that makes beaurcracy seem like a reasonable deluge of delays and back-guessing. Perhaps we can all one day share the burden of balancing this bitch instead of leaving it in autocrats hands.

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  • 1. Melanie Alamo  |  September 29, 2005 at 12:02 pm

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  • 2. Lexie  |  October 6, 2005 at 12:54 pm

    You have pretty cool blog here. What’s up with these weird posts?

    Anyway, I like your blog and will proably be back.

    Take care.


    Oh and another cool site is a diet information site about other weight loss stuff.


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