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The All New "Screw You" Board Game

Updated on May 27, 2015

WELCOME

The United States Government would like to welcome you to our new interactive board game, “SCREWED OR NOT SCREWED.” This is our first broadcast and we’re sure happy that you decided to tune in. (canned applause)

I’m your host, Uncle Sam.

Here’s how the game is played. Viewers will call in to participate. When we have a viewer on the line, we’ll roll the dice. The dice number will determine which square you land on, and you will then learn your fate in the game.

And we have our first contestant. Let’s begin the game!

Uncle Sam invites you to play his game
Uncle Sam invites you to play his game | Source

BOB FROM TOLEDO

“Hello, Bob! Tell us a little something about yourself before we roll the dice.”

“Hi Uncle Sam! Thanks for taking my call. Oh, this is exciting. Okay, well, my name is Bob Tuller, and I’m a forty-five year old computer programmer for a Fortune 500 firm. I’m married to a wonderful woman, Julia, and we have two great kids. I’ve had this job for ten years now. Life is pretty good. We manage to get by with a few extras. We don’t live beyond our means and we’ve learned to make do and even tuck a little away for our kids’ education.”

“That’s great, Bob! Okay, let’s roll the dice and see where you land. (sound of dice hitting the board)

“Bob, your roll is a six. Let’s move your marker and….oh my goodness, you just landed on the Outsource Square. It says your job has been outsourced to China due to a new Free Trade agreement between the United States and China. You have two weeks left in your current position and then your employer will have to lay you off. In other words, Bob, YOU ARE SO SCREWED!” (audience groans) “We’re terribly sorry, Bob, but our hands are tied. Signing that new trade agreement will help the major corporations but unfortunately, the little guy will take it in the shorts. Well, that’s just the way it goes.”

“Now for our next participant.”

MARY IN TOPEKA

“Hi, Mary, and welcome to our show! Tell us about yourself, please.”

“Hello, Uncle Sam! I’m a little bit nervous, but thanks for letting me play. Well, I’m thirty years old and I work part-time as a waitress. I still live with my parents. I can’t seem to save enough for my own place, and some medical problems in the past have me in debt. I’m hoping to do well in this game and get back on my feet.”

“Well let’s see how you do, Mary. (sound of dice) Oh, you rolled a three, Mary. You just landed on Nobody Gives A Damn Avenue. It says that you are certainly welcome to go to Social Services, but you’ll be shuffled around by bored civil servants who really could care less about your problems, and eventually your file will be lost and you’ll get no help at all. In other words, Mary, YOU ARE SCREWED! Just take a number and we’ll get to you when we can.”

“Who’s next?”

Some of the many who have played this game
Some of the many who have played this game | Source

ERIC FROM OLYMPIA

“Eric, how’s it going this evening?”

“Not good, Uncle Sam. Not good at all. I’m a sixty-five year old veteran of Vietnam. I was wounded over in Nam and I’ve been on disability for almost forty years. Damned wound flares up and gives me fits, you know? Anyway, I was proud to serve my country and at least I made it home, unlike a lot of my buddies.”

“That’s great, Eric! Hey, thanks for serving the Red, White and Blue. Let’s roll your dice and hope for the best. Okay, you rolled a four. You just landed on What Have You Done For Me Lately Boulevard. Eric, I’m sorry to tell you this, but your case file has been lost and you won’t be getting your disability check for the next two months. Might as well kiss goodbye those meds you have to take for pain, too, because your benefits no longer cover them. Your country would love to help you but damn it, boy, we’ve got new veterans to take care of and, well, we have to prioritize. Eric, YOU ARE SCREWED!”

DEANNA FROM DES MOINES

“Deanna, welcome to the show! How’s life in Des Moines today?”

“It’s okay, Uncle Sam. No complaints here in corn country. Me and my husband work two-hundred acres of corn but man alive, it’s tough making any kind of profit these days. Prices are brutal, the weather ain’t cooperating and I’m not sure we’ll be able to carry on too many more years.”

“Well, Deanna, let’s see if we can change your luck. You just rolled a two. That’s a Legislation Card. Let me read it to you. The United States Congress just passed legislation that gives broad powers to companies like Monsanto. Hell, Deanna, we’re basically going to let them do whatever the hell they want. We won’t legislate them, birddog them or make them follow any moral compass at all. In fact, we’re pretty much going to let them form a monopoly and put you and your husband out of business. Tough luck, Deanna, but I hear McDonald’s is hiring. You guessed it….YOU ARE SCREWED!”

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JOSH IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK

“Josh, it’s good to have you with us. Tell us about yourself.”

“Well, Uncle Sam, I’m on the Board of Directors for Chase. Life is damned good. My investments are making money as we speak and I’m thinking of taking a vacation next week because I have to use up all my frequent flyer miles.”

“Josh, it is very good to have you with us. We all appreciate all that you do for our economy. Let me roll your dice….yes, you got a one. Your card says that your Uncle will take care of you so don’t you worry at all. Make some more investments and we’ll see if we can’t make up some new, creative tax loopholes to protect you. Feel free to stick it to the little guy and hey, have a great vacation. YOU ARE DEFINITELY NOT SCREWED.”

ADRIENNE FROM LOS ANGELES

“Uncle Sam, thanks for letting me play. I’m a single woman, black, and a lesbian. Life’s a struggle right now but I’m hoping today is the day my luck will change.”

“Well, Adrienne, I hate to tell you this, but strike one, strike two and strike three….woman, black and lesbian. There’s no need to roll the dice, young lady. YOU ARE SCREWED!”

FRANK IN D.C.

“Frank, our time is almost up. Quickly tell us about yourself.”

“Well Uncle Sam, I’m a bit surprised you don’t recognize me. Frank? I’ve been a congressman for twenty-five years now. I’m living the good life. I’ve got some soft money coming into my treasury that nobody knows about. I haven’t paid for a meal out in a quarter of a century. I just got two pork barrel projects passed through Congress and of course, that means more money in my pocket. And those idiots in my congressional district back home keep voting me into office. I’m not sure how life could be any better.”

“Well God bless America, Frank. Thank you for serving your nation with honor and integrity. We don’t need to roll the dice. We all know that today you are the biggest winner. Congratulations, Frank, and thanks to all who are playing our game daily at home.

“Tune in next week and find out who is screwed and who is not screwed in our great country.”

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Mark G Weller 2 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well said Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Mark, thanks my friend. I hope you and your bride are doing well.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, seriously you summed this up perfectly with your sarcastic, yet realistic take on this. God help us, but most of us are indeed screwed by Uncle Sam and just the sad reality and the way things are now. I wish I could say otherwise, but it just is what it is.

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      Lawrence Kitzmann 2 years ago

      You already know what I would say here. So yes keep them coming my friend. Damn straight.......

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Janine. I wish I could say otherwise too. Surround yourself with good family and friends and watch each other's back. That's all we can do.

      Thank you an Happy Wednesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Larry! You don't have to say a thing. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What a brutal game! Too bad we're all participants whether we want to be or not. I think I'll go crawl in a hole now. Maybe there I can breathe!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You just gave the definitive State of the Union Address! Billy, I may have rubbed off on you and if I did, I apologize!

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      suzettenaples 2 years ago

      So depressing! It is a shame it is so true. We are doing ourselves in from within. No outside power could destroy us because we are doing that so well to ourselves.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro.......If this wasn't so damned tragically REAL, I'd be ROFLMAO! This is the single-most CREATIVE article EVER! What a Genius! Promise me you will send this in to SNL (Saturday Night Live)......this is an absolutely PERFECT script for one of their many Political satire skits!!......I'm very serious bro.

      Hell buddy.....I'm painfully aware I've been screwed, continue to struggle through the twisted maize....and will always wind up screwed. Takes the fun out of the game, but at least I know I'm an effing LOSER!!..........Love ya, Sis...UP++++pinned, tweeted

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I know, right? Let's reboot and start the day over again. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I used to write this stuff all the time, but it got too depressing to continue. This just came bubbling up like a dormant volcano. :) You probably did awaken it a bit so thanks....I think. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I couldn't agree with you more. ISIS isn't our biggest worry...not by far. Well, on that happy note, thank you. :)

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      The trouble with this is that it is too true to be really funny. The whole Western World has the same problems though. Ho Hum.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO...there is some comfort in knowing it ahead of time, Sis! At least we know the game is rigged and that makes it less frustrating, right? RIGHT?????

      Thanks my friend. I appreciate your kind words. Maybe I'll freshen it up a bit and toss it in the mail and see if anyone likes it who will actually pay money for it. That would be a welcome change of pace.

      Bro

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Dressage. I agree with you completely. I started out trying to make this funny but got depressed about halfway through. :) Well, thanks for the visit anyway.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Bill, you are getting a little feisty now, aren't you? : )

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      BarbaraCasey 2 years ago

      I recommend Thom Hartmann's "The Crash of 2016" for the research that corroborates all this. To me, this is what being a writer is all about. It's how we can make a difference. You made my day and it's only 11:00 AM.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, This made me lol and mad too. You pretty well hit home with all the people you let play your clever game, esp. the LBG woman who was black. She might as well pull the trigger, she ' ain't got a chance in hell. I wonder if there's room in Sha's hole? I feel like hibernating until Hillary comes to our rescue. Woops!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just a bit, Deb. LOL Thanks for the visit. I'll dial it down now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, you and I share the same belief...writers need to step up and be heard about social issues. Thank you. I'm glad I brightened your day a bit.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Well said, Bill. Well said. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it's always good to see you. I'm glad you enjoyed this new board game. Sorry the results are stacked against you, but feel free to play the game any old day. :)

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Yeeeaah! We want billybuc for President!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jamie. I appreciate you stopping by. I hope all the critters are doing well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, if elected I will not serve. LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      There was actually an experiment done where a Monopoly game was made to resemble life. One person was given the majority of wealth and more breaks than everyone else. Big surprise, the person starting with everything won. Also of intersect, the person starting with all the breaks acted entitled to everything by the end of the game.

      Great read!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, that's fascinating. I had never heard that but it comes as no big surprise. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Screwed of the world unite! Unscrew corrupt systems!

      The 2016 USA elections will be an opportune time to organize with neighbors to ask probing questions and expose corporate-government-complex corruption, irresponsibility, abuses of power, unwarranted privileges, and lack of transparency.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, those elections are very important. It will be interesting to see just how fed up Americans are. I'm watching Bernie Sanders closely to see if his message unites millions. Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I read this and felt a disconnect and did not know why. I guess I just never considered government this way. It is ingrained in me not to rely upon them except to rely on the fact they will act ridiculously. I anticipate impacts that they may have and adjust beforehand. I just cannot wrap my thoughts around "them" determining my lot in life. I supposed to me any benefit derived from government is like winning a game show. No rhyme or reason and certainly nothing to count on. Thanks for the great impetus for reflection.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I love your way of thinking. I'm with you. I've lived my life expecting nothing and shocked when I do get something unexpected....still, there are people out there hurting, so this one was for them. Thanks for your reflection. I liked it.

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      haha...loved the way you conveyed your message via real persons.

      Uncle Sam sure is tough, insensitive and heartless :(

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      He certainly can be, Ruchira. I'm hoping to see a gentler, more loving, side to him soon. :) Thank you for being here.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      I wanted to laugh, Bill, at your humorous recitation of pitiful real-life stories from American citizens. Then I started to tear up when I realized these stories are all based on the truth. Will we ever be able to turn things around?

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Creativity and truth-telling... killer combination! ;-)

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Very well put, Bill. I saw two of my family members in there, so although I voted you funny, I find it ironic. Somehow helping people in need has been branded socialism, and the very people who need help are voting in the politicians who are sending our jobs overseas and believe in corporate welfare. Any belief, socialism or capitalism, when taken to the extreme is detrimental to the country. I wish people could wake up and smell the coffee -- while we still have coffee, that is. I like your use of satire, so keep it up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Drbj, I have no idea. I'm hopeful we will while I'm still breathing. Sorry about the tears....let's laugh instead and hope.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I appreciate it. Not that it will do any good but hey, we can always hope that our words are heard.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, isn't it interesting how that "socialism" label turns up as an argument....and "liberal" is a dirty word? I don't know what it's going to take for the bottom 99% to wake up but I sure hope it happens soon. Thanks for your views....greatly appreciated.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      Governments all over the world are corrupt and will shag you in every hole you got!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Frank in DC, Adrienne and Josh, are my favourites, Bro. They got it covered. He he he .... nice one, Bro. Excellent Hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, it sure seems that way. I can't find any evidence to the contrary, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Manatita! I'll tell them you said so. :)

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Holy poopies Bill, you really nailed it with this one. Would be funny if it wasn't so true (and thus sad). I'm not even sure we need to phone in. It's more like a game of whack-a-mole.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, as far as I know only you could present these realities of life in such an informative but entertaining package. I really enjoyed the read my friend.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Didn't I wrote on the topic; that life is like a monopoly game! I liked the way you presented it. Very entertaining! Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Holy pooples, Linda? I've never heard that one but I'll be laughing the rest of the day. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike! It's good to hear from you again. I hope all is well in rural Arizona. :) Stay cool and be happy, my friend.

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      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Original, funny and effective. Satire is the best way to address this all too somber issue. Otherwise, an effective description of this situation would be a depressing read.

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      Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Some good reading and entertaining but unfortunately very true for many people.

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      I am reminded of the powerful film from 1969, "They Shoot Horses Don't They?" I found this very creative and fun to read but can't overlook the sad truth in it. Ever had a refreshing beverage with a lingering and bitter aftertaste? Yeah, like that. Keep on keeping on:)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I'm with Paula, move straight to Saturday Night Live, do not pass go! I think this may be your pass in the screwed board game, you've figured it out.

      Bill your creativity knows no bounds. Even in the face of unemployment and starvation our government continues on its merry way without worrying about us and you've nailed it in the current game of life.

      Voted all but beautiful.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      I left you a nice, long comment, this morning. When I hit "post comment", a notice came up saying that you would have to approve my message before it could be posted. Hmmmmm. Maybe, "they" are monitoring all correspondence.

      I got home tonight and find that my comment is still missing. So, just be warned that foul deeds are in the air. "They" may be monitoring our

      every word. Shhhh......

      DJ.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      If we're screwed, we're screwed whether or not we play on the air; but I guess some wouldn't realize it until they actually hear the words. Thanks for making us hear it. What a great creation, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine! I would have enjoyed writing this more if it weren't so close to the truth.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree completely, Messenger. This is the only way I could handle it without crying. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Efficient and you are correct...very true for far too many people.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great piece of creative writing as a well as a great (and sad) social commentary, Bill. You've presented your message very effectively!

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      That was brilliantly creative!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great, Bill!!! A great 'reality show'. I appreciate your sarcasm and wits. But, the sad thing is that it is a harsh reality surrounding us all around. And you presented it very well. It is a kind of alerting people to keep themselves ready to face anything.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love this unique take on the problems of society. I certainly learned something new today. Keep 'em coming.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Enjoyable read..the way with which you've put together this board game is interesting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      An overseas player here for your game though i think I know the result! Brilliantly written my friend. Last weekend saw a history making vote take place here in Holy Catholic Ireland. The people voted by a margin of 2-1 to make same sex marriage LEGAL - a huge leap forward for Equality and about time. Thanks for this sarcastic but alas realistic look at life with Uncle Sam. Enjoyed reading my friend, as ever you convey the message perfectly!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I saw that movie while in college and it left a lasting impression on me...so sad and powerful. Thank you for the comparison.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't it amazing, Mary, that so many people can be ignored by those elected to serve those people? It disgusts me.

      Thank you for the kind words. I'd be very excited if someone in a position of authority read it and took it to heart.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, it may have finally happened. My big mouth got me in trouble with Big Brother and now I'm being monitored. LOL Oh well, that's just the way the pickle squirts. LOL Thanks for hanging in there my friend.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Dora! I'd laugh but it hurts too much. :) Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Alicia. I like to go political every once in a while.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so very much, Lori! I'll take that compliment any old day and twice on Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Believe me, Venkatachari M, it hurt to write. Sometimes the truth is painful, isn't it?

      Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Zulma! I appreciate you, as always. Have a wonderful Thursday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Radhikasree....I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Suzie, I missed that news. How incredible is that? I would have never guessed it possible. Maybe change is possible, eh?

      You know I love it when you stop by. Thank you smiling lady!

      bill

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      HA!......Need I remind you of the saying..."Laugh today...Cry tomorrow??" Comedy is FUNNY because it's reality...we can RELATE.....If we focus too much on the truth of it....we're bound to get depressed......I guess that is why we can often Laugh til we CRY!......LMAO.......boo hoo hoo hoo...sniff.....LOL! I hear the sirens! They're coming for us bro!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And those sirens are loud, Sis, because I can hear them here, too. LOL You're right, of course. You always are. I know what a burden that can be, always being right. :)

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Ah, so brilliant, Bill! Absolutely brilliant. This is so creative. How did you think of this? Thank you for writing it!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kailey! I'm a big fan of satire, in case you couldn't tell. :) Sometimes the truth sounds better when it's disguised.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Oh ouch Bill! But sadly, spot on!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Funny, but so sad. Yep...we are basically all screwed. There is a board game we have called Smart Ass, the player is supposed to yell Smart Ass! My daughter disapproves of me playing that game with my granddaughters, but we do have fun when we sneak in a game or two! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      it will heal, Audrey...or not. :) Thank you on this sunny Thursday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Linda! I would have a blast playing that one. I can certainly understand. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      At least most of us can laugh about it. Or is it a case of misery loves company. Great hub Bill.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      real life made fun of in a board game first, the idea is fantastic!! It's good to be Frank.. this was clever smart, and a hit in the gut to hard working Americans who sometimes need uncle sam to shine and come through.. I'd hate to roll the dice.. craps may appear several times with me..

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I wish this wasn't so damn true to life Bill. Life is certainly like a board game, and a rigged one at that. Great hub here..disguised as satire.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      To me the worst, very worst ones of these to land on is 'nobody cares'. Apathy is one of the most powerful killers of all time. Looking the other way while the walls crumble down around us does result in us being screwed for sure.

      And the question is: how to do we fix this monumental mess we have created?

      I remain a loyal and faithful American who was raised to adore this country. But I do not wear rose colored glasses so I know that all is not well. I try to make a tiny difference by reaching out to others as often as I can because I DO care...but know that is not enough.

      You done good, bill...

      Eye opening, thoughtful, provacative words to begin the day

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

      Voted up++++

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure what it is, Bill, but it seems a little less painful if we do laugh. :) Thanks my friend and Happy Friday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Frank, I think I'd bet on craps showing up. LOL Thanks for stopping by. It's good to have you back among us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I'm a little disappointed that the satire was disguised. LOL I wanted it bold and screaming! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I echo what you said. I love this country, too, but change has to happen for millions. Like you, I try to do good, but it's like a drop in the proverbial ocean...and that frustrates me. Sigh!

      blessings and love heading your way

      and thanks, of course

      bill

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I read an article recently that said society is being moved away from the concept of cash. I thought that was funny, 'what is cash'

      I refer to what is going on as a 'feeding frenzy at the top'

      Paula thinks SNL but I am thinking Hasbro.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, that may be the best description I have heard of our current economy...a feeding frenzy at the top. I guess that makes us bottom-feeders at best, right?

      Thanks for being here. I'm heading your way shortly to read your latest.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It does seem that the government minds everyone's business except their own.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Don, we can only hope that the government "by the people" starts working "for the people" soon. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I've been ranting about the TPP "screwing" people on my personal blog for weeks, but the soundtrack to my game show in that venue is collective crickets. Nobody seems to care that they are getting "screwed" from both sides of the aisle on this issue, and many more, as you have so skillfully pointed out. Hopefully your little rant here will do more to more to raise awareness than mine did. Great hub, as usual, and I wholeheartedly endorse your efforts to vent your spleen.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I hate to say this, but I'm convinced you are right...nobody seems to care that they are getting screwed. It's that or they feel they can't do a damned thing about it. I sure hope millions wake up soon.

      Thanks for raising awareness alongside me.

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      Yalul 2 years ago from Philippines

      this should be funny, but i really find it sad. somehow, you have neatly raised awareness on the social issues that confront Americans today in a satirical manner. good job.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Yalul....I was hoping for that exact reaction from people.

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      The Real David Pressler 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      Governor Scott and five officials of Florida say guilt without evidence is OK? A conspiracy to obstruct justice exposed!

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Republican-District-...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Buck!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That is Congress and the Government for you.

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed it is, Kevin! Thanks for the visit and have a great week.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Well, bill, you've said it all, haven't you? The rich get richer and the poor get poorer and who gives a damn? And it's not just Uncle Sam; it's just about all around the world in some degree or another.

      Seems like nobody cares but if we all show we care for each other at least there's some hope. Things have got to change and only the man and woman in the street can make that happen. So will people have the guts or the energy to bother? I certainly hope so or we're all doomed!

      The message has to hit home and you've sent it in a hard-hitting way. Will someone in the government read this.......? Ha!

      Hope you're having a great week, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I would die a happy man if one politician read this....but....

      Thank you as always. I believe in my fellow man. The hope of the future lies in our hands. Does anyone care? Stay tuned. :)

      Happy Wednesday dear friend.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I think just about every country plays this game. Its always the little guy that gets it, but it doesn't have to be that way.

      The big corporates only understand the language of the bottom line.

      Job outsourced, buy local made! Farmers struggling, buy from the local farmers markets, tip the waitress who gives good service, we may not change all they do but it'll make a hell of a difference!!

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I just read that McDonald's is losing sales. It seems that the public can't afford a Happy Meal any longer. I wonder if that corporation will understand the importance of that?

      Thank you. We do buy locally and we believe in it...every little bit helps.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I also wanted to add (tongue in cheek) "Get the Veteran to shoot the politician" but thought that might not go down too well with the voters!

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL, Lawrence, in the States, you would probably find quite a few voters all for that idea.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Gathered I might! At least the Veteran would be guaranteed three meals a day and his medication!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Lawrence, which might well be a step up from current living conditions.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's where the old saying came from, that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The game was never announced until today, after all these decades. Imagine that...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Deb, that was funny, but I don't feel like I should laugh. :) Thank you for all the visits.

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      John Coviello 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Witty and fun to read, and oh so true. Good way to put things in perspective.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rock...I appreciate anyone who appreciates witty. :)

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      SanXuary 2 years ago

      Awesome blog and right on the money so to speak. I am pretty exhausted playing this board game and damn I have nothing to lose. Lets start a new game of how pissed off can they make me. Or maybe how apathetic can we be. Maybe Bob, Eric, Mary, Deanna, and Josh get a free gun at the end of the show. The winner gets the most airtime and consecutive days on the news channels.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SanXuary, I like the gun wrinkle at the end of the show. Now that would make for an interesting sequel. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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      SanXuary 2 years ago

      I want to make a shirt that has written on it God is my hit man.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...SanXuary, I'd buy one of those shirts. :)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This hits home for many of us, Bill. And it all begins with the never-ending machinations inside that "beltway" which determine our fate. We no longer live in a global community of nations, but of dollars, yen, Euros, and so forth. It's all about the cash. I look down at a dollar bill on my desk. "In God We Trust." Uh huh. Once again, God takes it on the chin for our self-absorbed, shortsighted screw ups. Terrific, timely article...one of your best, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I love your description of our society...God taking it on the chin for our self-absorbed attitude. Perfectly stated. Thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 24 months ago

      Don't get me started on outsourcing Bill. We had a close call with it a few years ago and luckily were able to avoid it before it happened. But we saw the havoc that it caused. The irony about outsourcing is that usually these same companies realize what a mistake it is years later when the work output and results tank. Hope you are enjoying your summer.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, i'm glad outsourcing didn't affect you. It is a nonsensical process...in a consumer economy, what happens when the consumers cannot buy goods?

      Thank you and it is a nice summer here. I hope you're enjoying yours as well.

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