Saturday, January 12, 2008

Scrap the Lottery

SmileyCentral.comSimon blogged about the governor's lottery proposals and commented that we ought to shut the lottery down. I second that; the lottery has been a huge scam for too many years. The odds are such that you would need to play for a quarter million years to win once. Worse is the misguided belief on the part of many purchasers that the money they spend is funding education; as Safire remarked in 1999, this is a classic bait-n-switch that taxes the poor (granted, it's a voluntary tax) while saving the rich millions in taxes they would otherwise pay.

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