A fresh new card game called Obama Nation from the seller Twisted Entertainment has hit the online marketplace. Obama Nation, described as a cross between Go Fish and Old Maid, calls itself the “trillion dollar bailout” game. The object of the game is to spend the U.S. government into bankruptcy.
Players try to spend as much U.S. taxpayer money as possible by passing pork-spending legislation through Congress. The player with the most pork spent at the end of the game is the winner. Of course, the final jab is that the U.S. government is bankrupt at that point.
According to the rules of the game there are 54 cards: 46 “Pork” cards and eight “Politics” cards. The suits and sectors are financial, transportation, private sector, housing, and arts & entertainment. Politics cards apparently supersede the regular rules of the game:
“There are two copies of each Pork card. Pork cards represent government bailout programs. They are divided into five ‘suits’ representing different sectors of the U.S economy. A symbol representing the suit/sector is printed on each Pork card along with the cost of the Bailout program (in Billions!).”
The card game goes for about eight bucks at the Twisted Entertainment Web site. While the game has a tongue-in-cheek aspect to it all, sadly enough, the obvious commentary to the spending habits of our government officials rings all too true.