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DIY federal budget

So. The US government’s deficit is ballooning — soaring to a half-trillion this year alone. The president is cutting taxes like mad while spending big on Iraq, and the sea of red ink is mounting. At this rate, your kids’ kids will be probably still chipping away at the interest six decades from now.

Think you can do better? Then try your hand at the National Budget Simulator — a web page that lets you quickly adjust spending or taxes up and down to try and balance the budget.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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