Clueless, the board game is very popular on some conservative websites. I haven’t played it myself, but this is how I think it is played. It is a two or more player game on a game board representing the White House. The object of the game is to discover who is helping Barack Obama destroy the Constitution, which room in the White House the crime is committed, the method–rope, revolver, lead pipe, recess appointment, signing statement etc., and the name(s) of his accomplice(s). Suspects include members of the judiciary, cabinet members and various czars. Clueless makes a great gift for the 1% in your life.
Monopoly, the game, exists in many varying editions, and in 2011 many additional 75th anniversary editions are being offered. Monopoly first appeared in 1935 in the depths of the Great Depression and now we are trembling on the brink of the Great Depression 2. It is a fitting time to play the updated version of the game as we wait for the economy to decide our respective fates. The GOP are courting disaster as they maneuver to defeat President Obama, at the same time as the European Union risks unraveling by doing little or nothing to preserve itself. Either or both acting in combination would be sufficient to cause the economy to crater.
The very latest version of Monopoly comes with a round board in place of the usual square one. Values on the board have been updated by multiplying by a factor of 10,000; you collect $2 million for passing Go instead of $200. Paper money is replaced by an electronic scorekeeper eliminating the tedious job of banker. Increasing all the values in the game by a factor of 10,000, incomes and prices, makes me think of the countries that have experienced hyperinflation: Argentina, post-WW1Germany,Zimbabwe and others in Africa and South America. We are not there yet, but the stalemate in Washington is not helping matters.
Who among us has not played Monopoly? Remember the many-colored, funny money that had value only in the game? Well that is what US currency is rapidly becoming. Only the very wealthy have enough of it for it to have some value. The rest of us work for small amounts of currency that buys less and less as we try to survive paycheck to paycheck. And the wealthy who have plenty of it can treat US currency the way it should be treated, as funny money. Only the joke is on us as we sit idly by and allow our legislators to pin this joke on our backs. This and future generations will bear this sign, “I’m down and out. Kick me.”