Did you know the government is spending $1.2 million to pay people to play World of Warcraft? I didn't either!
Maybe that's because it ain't true, but truth is a relative thing when you're one of the assclowns leading an intellectually bankrupt legislature that can't go two months without a self-inflicted hostage crisis. That describes handsome dough-head Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia and the House Majority leader, who thought it'd be a catchy talking point to spread some bullshit that there's $1.2 million in wasted federal grant money going to shiftless MMO players. Never mind that $1.2 million isn't piss in the ocean to our $16 trillion deficit, whether or not it poses any immediate threat to the economy. What Cantor is saying is bullshit.
Eight of his GOP colleagues retweeted that, making Warcraft into as much of a buzzword as anything can be in the age of Twitter. So FactCheck.org embarked upon its titular mission and, surprise, found Cantor is just making shit up.
Here's where I really get pissed. The government never paid $1.2 million for anyone to play World of Warcraft. The study in question cost $5,000 and that was funded entirely by my alma mater, North Carolina State University, whose Gains Through Gaming Lab we've written about before. In fact, we wrote about this same project, and others at the lab.