I guess I should consider playing the lottery, eh?
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I could not quote the statistics, but the life expectancy of a lottery winner is shortened by quit a bit, from the process of winning. However most people don’t win of course, it is just a tax on the poor hidden as an opportunity to get wealthy.
Excuse me while I get off of my soapbox, with a slightly red face. :-)
No red face required
I know. The lottery is kind of depressing isn’t it? I see people at the gas station all the time with huge piles of tickets, checking numbers on that stupid machine. I guess people are always looking for an easy fix, no matter if it’s a solution to money problems, weight problems, love problems, etc. Sad. But doesn’t that money supposedly get earmarked for education and other state-funded budget items?? (not that I intend to be a regular contributor…) :)
perhaps the money is earmarked for education.
If I grant that, and there are arguments the other way, then we are basing education funding on poor peoples forlorn hope of getting rich. It is sickening to see commercials on TV, encouraging people to play the lottery, “Go to LUCKYTOWN!”
Some of the tax money from smoking is used for healthcare, should the state sell cigarettes and encourage people to smoke? Think of the wonderful things that could be done with the money resulting from state run prostitution!
It is a long and dangerous road when the state makes money from people’s vices.
Hey, I agree with you! You’re preaching to the choir. I wasn’t extolling the virtues of the lottery. What I mentioned about education funding was simply a fact. And although the lottery does victimize people, I know a lot of people who play it who are not victimized by society. And I even know someone who put their tax return into the lottery because he didn’t think he deserved to get that money back – he wanted it to go for public service programs. In short, I don’t think the lottery is the real problem. I think the imbalance between the classes is a MUCH broader issue that deserves some careful, progressive thought and restructuring.
I apologize, upon reareading
my post it sounded much stronger than I had intended. One of the problems with this form of communication is that the words are just there by themselves, with no body language or tone of voice. I am a weak man and any vice that I have not had was purely because I didn’t know how to do it properly (smile). Therefore I feel strongly about anyone, specially the state that represents me, taking advantage of weak people.