Tax Evaders! The Game!

is one of the more amusing lefty efforts on the national budget to come across my email in a long while. Based on the old Space Invaders game, you blast away corporations that make billions in profits, hold billions of dollars off shore, and yet pay little or no income taxes. The game is the brainchild of [UPDATE:

and Gan Golan with  8bit pixel artwork by Jamogames and classic chiptunes sound by Ashton Morris]

a consortium of the usual suspects

with research assistance by—


,  etc.—and the added fun of provocateurs like the Yes Men and

. The game is timed to President Obama's budget proposal and the coming negotiations with congressional Republicans. That Obama has already conceded to cuts in Social Security (albeit sly, stealthy, and targeted ones) has enraged some of his base. Republicans, of course, remain enraged that anyone gets "free stuff." (Except for corporations, of course). From the press release announcing the game:

The game people say "studies released by Americans for Tax Fairness and US PIRG have shown that wealthy corporations have rigged the game in order to pay less than their fair share of taxes," which is true enough. There is also the great work done this week by the

looking at offshore tax havens where the super-rich, hedge fund types and, yep, mega corporations stash their cash to avoid U.S. taxes. Based on a cache of leaked documents,

of the story  is some of the best work I've seen on this growing phenomenon. Back at the game, you can look at the individual corporate "monsters," see their profits, taxes, amounts stashed off shore, and maybe recent layoffs, bailouts by U.S. taxpayers, etc. Fun! If you play a round or two you get a message asking if you want to "blast them for real" with a "Twitter Bomb" such as:

Even more fun, I think, would be to join up with the Overpass Light Brigade, Occupy Wall Street, and other dirty hippies and play the game on bank walls and in other public settings.