I have incontrovertible proof that Tax Payer Money supports Activision-Blizzard. How do I know this? Easily: I have the names of at least two probation officers who play World Of Warcraft.
The argument is as follows: Tax Payers pay taxes, fines and fees that fund County Government. These funds are then used to pay Public Employee Salaries. Ergo, Tax Payer Money pays for World of Warcraft.
What’s the big deal? Should a public employee be allowed to support Blizzard?
Gamers spend a significant amount of time and energy thinking about games. What if they waste time–and by extension, county money–by thinking about a game? What’s worse? If they take a paid holiday or a paid vacation day, they are clearly using tax payer money to pay for their habit of gaming.
Clearly, this is a threat to our democracy.
One of the problems with this and the equally fallacious “Tax Payer Money Supports Unions” argument is the artificial distinction between Tax Payer and Public Employee. That someone how, public employees are exempt from paying taxes. Here’s the deal: Public Employees are paid a salary. From said salary, I pay taxes (state and federal) and I also purchase goods and services that contribute to the county’s General Fund. As part of my salary, I pay union dues. It’s right there with my medicare, health care and vision plan contributions.
It’s my salary when I’m paid ever two weeks. At that point, the money is in the hands of a voter, a tax payer and a wow player who choses to use said money to support a union. Who has the right to take it away my money and my choice?