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More Government Waste: $1.2 Million to Pay Senior Citizens to Play World of Warcraft

With the President once again calling for tax hikes to avert his looming sequestration, the House has decided to publish examples of government waste to show that spending cuts are more essential than generating new revenue off the backs of hard-working Americans.

Today’s example:  Tax dollars to pay seniors to play video games.

That’s right.  The National Science Foundation was awarded a $1.2 million grant to pay seniors to play the video game, World of Warcraft.

Via the House:

The President and Senate Democrats claim they have cut all the spending they can in their recent proposal, yet seniors continue to be paid to play video games.


CBS News reported on the study last year:

If Grandma’s favorite game is bingo, it may be time for a change. A new study suggests that the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft may keep aging brains sharp.

For the study, researchers from North Carolina State University’s Gains Through Gaming lab tested 39 adults between ages 60 and 77.  Twenty of those adults played World or Warcraft for 14 hours over the course of two weeks. The other 19 formed a control group that did not play WoW. The cognitive function of all the participants was tested both before and after the two-week study.

World of Warcraft for 14 hours, at a price tag of $1.2 million.

Which begs the question, why would the government use taxpayer money to pay seniors to do something that Occupiers would have done for free in their Mom’s basement?

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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