As others have saidThe lottery is a tax on people who are bad at
math.And, more generallyGambling is a tax on the
poor.In my experience, both are generally true. Are there
exceptions? Sure. Well off folks who just gamble a bit for fun (and can stop
any time).But the trail of broken persons and families show a far
more insidious side to the industry. It preys on its players the way the
tobacco industry preys on smokers.
If you enact laws to outlaw gambling isn't this a step in the direction of
the dreaded liberal "nanny state"? What about the deleterious effects
of drugs, alcohol, and payday loans on poor? Why has the writer chosen just
gambling to rail against?How can protecting people from themselves
through government control be consistent with conservative philosophy in
Shouldn't people have "free agency" to choose to live their life
the way they want to?
I tend to be a more libertarian conservative so I generally say "live and
let live". I recognize that there are nearly zero benefits to gambling and
lots of negative consequences and so I am glad I live in a state without
legalized gambling. But, I also enjoy a trip to Wendover every few years and
paying the "entertainment tax". I think the point of the column
was Govt involvement with gambling enterprises. I am totally opposed to that. I
despise state lotteries. I do not see how you can have a credible government
that is involved financially with a vice ( which is also why I think liquor
stores in Utah should be privatized and not operated by the State).
There's no way you'd consider taking assault rifles away from those
you want to remove the right to choose whether or not they want to gamble from.
After all, they're all responsible, correct? Anyway, moan as you will. Off
to Vegas next weekend, and I'm looking forward to it.
Gambling can be fun, but so can investing. And with investing .. unlike gambling
the mathematical expectation is that you will win.I don't
gamble, but I do invest. Sometimes I have lost, but with study and pondering and
educating myself most of the time I have won. I have 'won' a lot of
money which I plan to use during my retirement.My advice? States
shouldn't encourage gambling. .. People shouldn't go overboard with
gambling or ought not to gamble at all and people should get in the habit of
investing .. for the sake of their future.
Note to Jay E., randomness is actually a major part of our lives and accounts
for much of what you experience. "Everything happens for a reason" is
one of the biggest falsehoods told. Most of your experiences you
explain away with "God works in mysterious ways" are just pure
randomness. The blessings and or curses that result depend on what you do with
the circumstance. This also includes whether the machine lands on all 7's
or not. In actuality each pull of a slot machine handle resets the odds for the
next pull back to 98% in the houses favor. If people understood that instead of
believing in luck and magic this would be a far smaller problem.To
the point of the story, I personally don't enjoy promoting more randomness
in my life with my money..my wife disagrees.