Choose Your Own Budget Adventure!

Thumbnail image for 88.pngThe shutdown continues. Your advisers, who have given you good advice through the midterms, say it's time for you to hold a higher-than-usual-profile press conference. You must explain your position to the nation, while sending a message to Democrats and tea partiers.

Do you:

  • Stand by the $61 billion bill passed by your Republican caucus and tell the nation, "We simply cannot afford to recklessly spend trillions of dollars we do not have. Our plan is not perfect, but it gets American on track toward good financial standing." (Go to Page 3 -- Groundhog Day)
  • Say you're willing to compromise, asking the White House to meet you somewhere in the middle (Go to Page 4)
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