The so-called “Chrsitian” newsite Christian Newswire is promoting a “welfare board game” titled “Obozo’s America.” created by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. (whose biggest claim to right-wing crackpot fame so far is his self-published book “Sowing Atheism: The National Academy of Sciences’ Sinister Scheme to Teach Our Children They’re Descended from Reptiles”), the board game highlights what CN says “highlights and graphically portrays what has emerged as the key issue in the presidential election: Obama’s ever expanding welfare state versus Romney’s “an America that works.”
“Game players begin on the first of the month at the welfare office with an initial grant of $1,000 then maneuver along “Obozo’s Welfare Promenade,” getting cash for producing out-of-wedlock children, by drawing from 50 “Welfare Benefit” cards, by playing the lottery and the horses, and by engaging in four “Saturday Night” crimes (Prostitution, Armed Robbery, Gambling, and Drugs). Players can also get a job for their live-in on the “Government Cakewalk,” and if they are caught in crime, experience the “Jail Jaunt” — one roll of the dice and they’re back at the welfare office collecting all benefits.
Players try to avoid landing on one of the dreaded “Get a Job” blocks that forces them off Obozo’s Welfare Promenade into the “Working Person’s Rut” where, with few exceptions, they accumulate bills, new taxes, and mounting debt. Hey, somebody has to pay for all the welfare, crime, and government!
While in the Working Person’s Rut, players can go in business for themselves, but even there, all the blocks but one involve taxes, penalties, discrimination cases, and sexual harassment suits.
Gee, I wonder if there is a spot on the board where there is a big payout from Bush’s Faith Based Initiative for all of these religious groups.