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Bored? Balance the Budget

Stuck inside by Sandy with loads of time on your hands? Why not use it to to balance the federal budget?

A newly launched website, BudgetControl.com, allows users to slice and dice pie charts, cut and raise taxes and use other budget proposals to bring the nation's debt under control. Budget Control, a company that bills itself as non-partisan and non-affiliated, is behind the site.

The site's goal is to make balancing the budget simple and easy for ordinary folks to understand. Once done with creating a budget plan, the site allows users to easily email their proposals to their congressional representatives.

Want to slash the Department of Defense by 30 percent, or cut Social Security 50 percent? Bam, the power is now yours. It only really takes a few minutes to get the budget under control -- so what's taking Congress so long, huh?

Well, the thing about balancing the budget is that cuts can be painful and politically difficult to make. So sure, you could slash Social Security online, but it doesn't trigger thousands of angry phone calls and emails from seniors like real-life cuts do.

Still, it could be interesting way to spend your Tuesday afternoon, if you're looking for an Angry Birds for budget wonks?

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