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WHAT IS THIS GREAT WELFARE GAME? Obozo's America: Why Bother Working for a Living? is a fun fantasy game based on the preposterous notion that a Marxist clown, running on the vague and shaky promise of hope and change, could become president of the United States.

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF THIS GREAT WELFARE GAME? A game surface, 4 pawns representing each player, 4 pawns representing each player’s live-in or spouse, a black pawn to keep track of the number of times (months) a player goes around the board, 30 out-of-wedlock children, 50 Welfare BENEFIT cards, 50 Working Person’s BURDEN cards, a supply of money that includes bank notes to keep track of money borrowed, 3 dice, and these rules.

HOW DOES A PLAYER WIN THIS GREAT WELFARE GAME? The winner is the player who accumulates the most money (after taxes if he or she ends up in the Working Person’s Rut) in the number of months (times around the board) played.

HOW DOES THE GAME BEGIN? High roll of the dice determines which player goes first. Each player begins on the larger block marked “First of the Month” and receives his first welfare allowance of $1,000. Roll 2 dice to determine the number of blocks advanced each turn.

HOW MANY MONTHS (TIMES AROUND THE BOARD) MAKE A COMPLETE GAME? Twelve times around the board makes a good game, but the players may agree on any number of months to be played beforehand. The game is then over when the player who went first passes the First of the Month, on either Obozo’s Welfare Promenade or the Working Person’s Rut, for the 12th time. Use the black pawn to keep track of the number of months played on the rectangle below the “First of the Month” block.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING OUT AND TAKING IN MONEY? You must designate one of the players as the Custodian of the Taxpayers’ Hard-earned Dollars. It is then that player’s responsibility to pay out and receive money as directed by the rules, blocks, and cards drawn.

HOW DO PLAYERS ON OBOZO’S WELFARE PROMENADE CONTINUE TO COLLECT THEIR MONTHLY GRANTS? Each time a player makes it to the First of the Month or passes it, he or she receives the basic monthly grant of $1,000, plus $300 for each out-of-wedlock child acquired (this figure includes a cash equivalent for food stamps and medical expenses), plus the amount specified by any Welfare Benefit cards drawn.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF OUT-OF-WEDLOCK CHILDREN A PLAYER ON OBOZO’S WELFARE PROMENADE CAN HAVE? No. It is possible, though improbable, to land on 16 Have Out-of-Wedlock Child blocks in 2 trips around Obozo’s Welfare Promenade. Sixteen out-of-wedlock children may be uncommon but not unheard of. A welfare recipient in Baltimore, for example, is on record as having 22 out-of-wedlock children, all by the age of 32. And in turn, some of her out-of-wedlock children now have out-of-wedlock children of their own. This makes Obozo the Marxist clown and his Government Dependency Czar very happy.

WHO PAYS THE MEDICAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE BIRTH OF THESE OUT-OF-WEDLOCK CHILDREN? Players stuck in the Working Person’s Rut. Each time a player lands on an “Have Out-of-Wedlock Child” block, each player in the Working Person’s Rut must pay out $100 to the Custodian of the Taxpayers’ Hard-Earned Dollars.

WHEN AND HOW MAY A PLAYER ON OBOZO’S WELFARE PROMENADE PLAY THE HORSES OR THE DAILY LOTTERY? At the beginning of each regular turn on Obozo’s Welfare Promenade, a player may play either the horses or the daily lottery. To play the horses, the player first announces the number of his or her horse (2 through 12), lays his or her bet (up to $500) on the board, and rolls 2 dice. The Custodian of the Taxpayers’ Hard-Earned Dollars collects the bet if the player’s horse does not win, or pays the player 7 times the amount of his bet if his or her number comes up.

To play the lottery, the player announces his or her number (111 through 666), places his or her bet (up to $500) on the board, and rolls 3 dice. The Custodian of the Taxpayers’ Hard-Earned Dollars collects the bet if the player’s number does not come up, or pays the player 50 times the amount of the bet if the number comes up.

WHEN DOES A PLAYER ON OBOZO’S WELFARE PROMENADE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME INVOLVED IN CRIME? When that player lands on one of the 4 “Saturday Night” blocks on the board. On that same turn, the player must keep rolling all the way through, and out of, that particular “Saturday Night” criminal activity track, rolling 1 die at a time, following the instructions on the individual blocks.

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