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1 Iwouldprefernotto  Apr 23, 2015 11:17:19am

Always want to ask my conservative friends if god told them to be cruel to the poor.

2 lostlakehiker  Apr 23, 2015 1:15:29pm

Gambling is not some sort of boon to the poor, a fun diversion. There’s something slit-eyed and piggish about the way governments pimp their ridiculously bad-odds lotteries to people who haven’t got money to play with.

The dominant emotion in so many casinos and bingo parlors is desperation. A great and wounded sigh goes up from the masses in the moment when the winner exclaims “bingo”. And the winner, herself, is still ruined, still desperate. She’s just not as badly in the hole as before. If only—-but of course, that’s not how these games work. Everybody is sucked dry in the end.

With the exception of the one-in-a-hundred-million lucky winner who rakes in a 20 million jackpot. Less taxes. Make that 12 million. And then the buzzards circle. A decade later, something like half of big jackpot winners are if anything worse off than before they won.

If you’re looking for something reprehensible that conservative states are doing, running state lotteries goes to the top of the list. Not that conservative states are alone in this.

3 Lancelot Link  Apr 23, 2015 3:25:42pm

The worst part of that bill isn’t the restrictions on leisure activities, it’s the $25-per-day limit on withdrawals. Since most ATMs don’t offer fives, this is effectively a $20-per-day limit, and each of these withdrawals comes with a bank fee.

4 majii  Apr 23, 2015 9:08:02pm

What pisses me off about these laws is that their supporters adamantly refuse to do anything about the giveaways to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, which are greater than the amount spent on welfare programs. Those who support punishing the poor while ignoring the billions corporations and the wealthiest Americans receive from government are very mean-spirited, delusional individuals.


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