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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

KManInLaLa Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 3:13 AM
And one addendum to the last post: since the poor have much lower net worths than middle-class or rich folks, when other people buy lottery tickets, it constitutes a regressive tax, since poor people spend more as a portion of net worth. States should stop lotteries immediately.

I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!"

Well, it can.

So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that.

After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos flourish, and most...