New Mexico to Tax Video Games, TVs because of Fat Kids

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  1. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080125230108.k05u9plm&show_article=1

    A Democratic lawmaker in New Mexico wants to tax televisions and video games to raise funds to fight childhood obesity and improve education in the state, officials said Friday.

    "I have asked our legislative council service to prepare the "Leave No Child Inside" bill and am hopeful that it will be ready for me to introduce on Monday," educator-turned-lawmaker Gail Chasey told AFP.
    "Leave No Child Inside" -- a play on the federal education initiative "No Child Left Behind" -- is backed by grassroots environmental group, the Sierra Club.
    "The bill proposes levying a one-percent excise tax on the purchase of TVs, video games and video game equipment and would create the 'Leave No Child Inside' fund to receive those revenues," Michael Casaus of the Sierra Club told AFP.
    The author and sponsors of the bill, who include dozens of other organizations besides the Sierra Club, according to Casaus, expect to raise four million dollars (three million euros) a year through the tax.
    The items that would be taxed have been carefully chosen because of their links to obesity and poor school performance, the Sierra Club says, citing medical studies.
    Around one-quarter of New Mexico's children are obese or overweight, and just over half finish high school, said Casaus.
    "The goals of the bill are to improve the academic performances of our kids, to promote a more healthy lifestyle and to provide our children with outdoor learning experiences, using our state parks and public lands as classrooms," he said.
    According to a study cited by backers of the bill, hands-on, outdoor study leads to better grades among students, including in mathematics and science.
    Another study has shown a 27-percent improvement in the science test scores of students who participate in outdoor education programs.
    Earlier this week, a high school in the US state of Georgia launched another unique initiative to boost the math and science grades of students.
    Creekside High School near Atlanta offered students money to attend remedial classes in the two subjects for 15 weeks and a monetary bonus for maintaining a "B" grade average afterwards.
     
  2. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    Ugh. No Big Government, please, from either side of the aisle. And no trying to be everyone's parents, either. :down

    jag
     
  3. Erzengel |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    Maybe New Mexico should work on not being last in the country with their schools and education. :o
     
  4. Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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    Hahaha, awesome.
     
  5. Colossal Spoons Paper boi

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    How about taxing junk food instead :huh:
     
  6. Fran Banned User

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    Yeah, seriously.

    Playing video games doesn't make you fat.
     
  7. Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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    Not yet. :o


    That's gonna be Nintendo's next gimmick.
     
  8. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    "Nintendo's Newest Game:

    WiiFat"

    WiiFit was sooooo last year!
     
  9. Steve Rogers Registered

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    How about parents raise their children instead of letting Xbox do it?
     
  10. SuBe Voluntaryist

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  11. Colossal Spoons Paper boi

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    I'll take 3 soft tacos with wiifried beans please
     
  12. Colossal Spoons Paper boi

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    Idk about you, but Master Chief and Cortana are way more interesting than my parents :o
     
  13. Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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    I'm gonna let the Hype raise my kids.
     
  14. Steve Rogers Registered

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    I don't know...I guess I'm just different. I grew up during the whole Nintendo boom. My mom bought me a Nintendo for Christmas because she thought I wanted one since everyone else in the world wanted one. I hardly ever used. Did you check out that "Did You Play With a Stick as a Child" thread? That was more my speed. I was active and or using my imagination as a kid. Video games bored me to tears most of the time.
     
  15. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PARENTAL CONTROLS!!!!!

    What is it like on your planet?
     
  16. Colossal Spoons Paper boi

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    Cap's got a ridiculous imagination
     
  17. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    I used to board the Imagination Station everyday after school.
     
  18. The Lizard Didn't eat Billy

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    Fatties ruin things for the rest of us once again. :cmad:
     
  19. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    And subsequently got busted for using that much lsd.
     
  20. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    Nah, it's not our fault. We're too lazy.
     
  21. Colossal Spoons Paper boi

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    Great, now I'm singing the song :(
     
  22. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    DRAW! DRAW! DRAW!
     
  23. Steve Rogers Registered

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    A planet where we don't have to be slaves to electronic devices? Free. Free and wonderful.:cwink:
     
  24. moraldeficiency Maxwell's Demon

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    yeah, but then apparently we become slaves to wooden sticks.

    Couldn't we just tax fat people?
     
  25. amazingfantasy15 Registered

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    Okay, that article didn't mention how this tax was gonna help fat kids get thin though. Just going on more field trips isn't going to make these kids thin unless they're gonna be forced to walk the whole way to the field trip. I also like how it's modeled after No Child Left Behind, and half their kids don't graduate high school.
     

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