Well now I have seen it all. Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller is proposing a violent video game tax on games rated "T" (Teen 13+) "M" (Mature 17+) "AO" (Adults Only)
All in the name of fighting obesity and bullying in kids.
Huh? I don't even..
According to this guy on the left (William Fourkiller) violent games make kids mean fat and lazy and want to bully others.
Mind you this is only his opinion. Nothing is fact or even proven. He just assumes that must be the cause.
Not the poor parenting of the kids, or the school atmosphere, or the crap in foods that make them addictive, or anything else. Just violent video games.
He wants to add a 1% tax increase to these games to go to "Childhood Outdoor Education Revolving Fund" and half will go to a "Bullying Prevention Revolving Fund," both of which would be created under the terms of the new law.
This is why I think its stupid. 1% on a video game ($60.00) is .60 cents. That's not a lot of money. Sure over a years time it can add up, but it wont help fight or prevent bullying or obesity. Which is not caused by games. Specifically violent ones. This guy is a idiot assuming stuff.
Instead why not tax unhealthy food? Or cut spending elsewhere or donate some of your huge paychecks I'm sure you get and fund commercials and campaigns to educate a lot of these dumb parents today that buy these bad games and food in the first place?
Or better yet, fund a community garden with healthy foods for low income families who cant afford it in stores.
But what do I know, I play violent games. I'm no state representative..
The bill - HB 2696, for those who want to check it out in full - is slated to come into effect, pending passage, on July 1. Whether or not it gets that far is an open question, however; a nearly identical law proposed in New Mexico in 2008 failed to make it through the state legislature.
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