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  •  Oh, I don't disagree that this guy's an ass... (3+ / 0-)

    ...and that his attitudes towards the poor and working classes are completely wrongheaded.

    But that doesn't make the lottery non-regressive.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:56:35 AM PST

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    •  granted that it is regressive (2+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook, Andrew F Cockburn

      it is one of the most successful shell games around; the dirty little secret is the amount of underground cash, from illegal and semilegal sources that it would not capture otherwise

    •  Actually It's NOT Regressive (0+ / 0-)

      ...because it's not a tax.  

      re·gres·sive  [ri-gres-iv]  
      1. regressing or tending to regress; retrogressive.
      2.  Biology . of, pertaining to, or effecting regression.
      3.   (of tax) decreasing proportionately with an increase in the tax base.
      4. Logic. obtained from or characterized by backward reasoning.
      Voluntary purchases aren't regressive OR progressive.

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