The Other Mike found this over on the Huffington Post. Some do-gooders from the Sierra Club think kids need to spend more time outdoors instead of playing video games:
The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico is renewing its call for a one-percent sales tax on televisions and video games to fund outdoor education programs. The tax idea, initiated by the Sierra Club, would raise an estimated $4 million a year, to fund programs aimed at giving school kids an outdoors education.
What I want to see is a statement from a lobbyist representing EA Sports explain that Madden, when played responsibly, can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Then when this gets closer to becoming a reality, we’ll start hearing from right-wing talkers explaining that there is no scientific link between video games and obesity. Out best approach is to keep studying the issue for now.
And the old-timers will chime in with: “$4 million for an outdoors education?” What ever happened to kicking kids out of the house and telling them to go play? That’s an education and it doesn’t cost $4 million – I’ll tell you that right now.