Congress Out of Touch on Video Games

It’s after a short segment on minimum wage where I half agree with Stewart (Congress is paid too much and all, but having a minimum wage is a big factor in companies now offshoring labor). The commentary is great:

Rep Lee Terry (R-Nebraska): As a father of three young boys — 11, 8 and 6 — who are avid gamers, I’m very concerned about the content included in the games.

Jon Stewart (serious parental voice): And as I stand there, watching them play these violent games, helpless to do anything about it, I can’t help but wonder where the system has failed… Who wants to be the first person to sound like an out-of-touch jackass? Oh, you! Congressman Upton.

Rep Fred Upton (R-Michigan): I’m a gamer myself. I used to be an expert in Pong. That was a great game. Boop! Boop! Boop boop!

Uh… can you feel the representation here, gamers?

13 Comments
  1. I don’t know why they are wasting their time on video games. MySpace is a much bigger threat. I just don’t know how to get my teen off the computer anymore. Sure, we just bought her a cool new Mac laptop so she can have a computer in her room, but it is supposed to be for homework. If they do not legislate this issue, I don’t know what I will do. I mean, am I supposed to just take the computer away? Jeez.

    I am obviously kidding, but I think that we can probably use the words of the reporter in “San Andreas” and tell our “representatives” to get their mf’ing hands out of our business. Our “representatives” have been trying to parent for many generations. Jazz, Elvis, IceT, Eminem. Now video games. Parents should parent. Any parent too weak to see that it is their responsibility to take age inappropriate games from their children deserve exactly the child they get.

  2. Michelle, did you see that column in the DMN about a week ago implying that empty seats in some free, good charter school in South Dallas were proof that school choice shouldn’t happen?

  3. In France, the minimum wage is $10.39/hour.

    Their unemployment rate is only about 5% higher than in the U.S.

    If Libertarians want to win more votes, they need to find a better issue than the minimum wage.

  4. Rolf: I don’t see many Libertarian campaigns pressing the minimum wage destruction button, so it’s not that big a problem IMO.

    And those 5% are who led the rioting in France last fall… woops.

  5. “In France, the minimum wage is $10.39/hour.

    Their unemployment rate is only about 5% higher than in the U.S.

    If Libertarians want to win more votes, they need to find a better issue than the minimum wage.”

    A high minimum wage is only one component of France’s rigid labor market… also, (to put “only about 5% higher” a different way) their unemployment rate is more than double that of the United States.

  6. Yeah, 5% is actually pretty big. Of course there are other factors to that in France as well. It would be great if everybody could be happy and get $10 minimum an hour, but it’s not plausible. Raising the minimum wge does have negative consequences as well as some positive ones. But the negative one I can’t abide is that it uses force of law to tell private business owners “You must pay your employees X amount. You cannot hire anyone for less.” That seems to me like a loss of liberty.

  7. Do any of you remember Bloom County, with Opus the penguin?

    “Billy and the Boingers” were once called before congress (Tipper Gore, if I remember correctly) to answer for teh effect of their music on Americas youth. When asked what he felt was responsible for the “decay of teh family”, Steve Dallas, the lawyer character stated:

    “I dont know. Maybe it’s the narrowminded zealotry that masquerades itself as parenting these days”

    To which ‘Tip’ responded, “Off with his head!”

    Oh, Berkeley Breathed, where have you gone? we still need you!

    Here’s a drastic suggestion, sure to not earn me any fans (but guarsanteed to raise the nations wages): ladies, how about considering leaving the nations (unskilled) labor pool?

  8. Their unemployment rate is only about 5% higher than in the U.S.

    5% higher is a hell of a lot. And it’s higher than 5%.

  9. “having a minimum wage is a big factor in companies now offshoring labor”

    I would like to see some evidence of that. From my observation the current minimum wage ($5.15 per hour) is scarcely relevant, as very few people will work for that wage. And that is a very strong argument against having any sort of minimum wage. The de facto minimum wage, depending on which part of the country you’re in, is $6 to $12 per hour, as dictated by the market. Eliminating the minimum wage will not lead to lower wages for the vast majority of American workers.

  10. 5% unemployment is the number the number the government gives us. The percentage is much more. 5% represents only those who are still receiving unemployement benefits. The percentage would be much higher if it included the people who are still unemployed but whose benfits have run out.