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interesting use of Flash technology ...sacheson
Aug 25, 2003 7:12 PM
I didn't do so well ...

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ouch!Duane Gran
Aug 26, 2003 6:42 AM
I am devastated! I set out at first very idealistic about things I wouldn't change and by the fourth round I was screwing over any social program our income group in order to get votes from the Senate. Damn... politics is hard stuff. I'm in the sixth week and don't think I'll get support from the Senate. Has anyone done better?
updateDuane Gran
Aug 26, 2003 7:13 AM
In my third round I was able to get a consensus with an 18 million dollar shortfall. I went on the assumption that the budget had to be balanced. Silly me.

In general I observed that the House and Senate are more willing to raise taxes than to cut services. Also I found that my intuition was dead wrong. I would have expected small cuts along many areas, along with small tax increases across various areas, would be a fair compromise. Nope. Instead, you trample some groups pet issue where they won't budge an inch. It is better to gut one program for up to 60% than distribute the responsibility.

I found that tax relief was the easiest thing to cut. ;)
had my budget balanced by the fourth weekrufus
Aug 26, 2003 7:29 AM
of course, i raised taxes. big boost in the sin tax, and estate, smaller increases in sales(consumption) and income. remember, if you have a 5% sales tax, boosting it ten percent only moves it to 5.5%. so i basically raised sales and income taxes about 1 point over what they were, which i don't consider extreme. cut spending across the board, mostly in tax relief, then smaller cuts in education, health, and law enforcement. played around with the health care percentage until i swung three votes, and that was it. got a tie among the senate, and overwhelming support in the house.
sorry, tie in house, won senate.rufus
Aug 26, 2003 7:36 AM
This is maddening! How in God's nameOldEdScott
Aug 26, 2003 11:35 AM
can you break a tie vote(which I keep getting in both chambers) without being able to drag the majority leader in to (a) bust ass to impose party discipline, or (b) drag in the majority whip to get the name of just one member who wants to make the cheapest deal possible, a bridge in his goddam district or something?

NO ONE could function politically within the circumscribed limits of this game! It's based on ISSUES!