The Sierra Club is proposing a tax on video games and televisions with the proceeds going to programs that encourage families to get kids off of the couch and into the mountains.
Call it â€œNo Child Left Inside.â€
Mike Casaus of the Sierra Club says families hiking a mountain trail together are becoming scarce as childhood diabetes and obesity is soaring, which is why the organization is proposing the one-percent tax.
â€œWhat we would do with this excise tax on tvs and video games and this type of equipment is to tax part of the problem to fund the solution,â€ he says.
The Sierra Club believes the bill would bring in about $4 million that could be used for programs like an outdoor classroom to tech children about the outdoors. Lawmakers killed the same idea last year.
Ok, I think this is way out of line. Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ I am all for going outdoors and enjoying nature; but to levy a tax??? Who is to say that programs encouraging families and kids to go out and enjoy the wild outdoors would actually make them get off their butts? I say that this is a decision for each individual to make and levying a tax for these programs is not a guarantee. Maybe the Sierra Club should leave this well enough alone.