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  •  I always think the argument that lottery (2+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, Gooserock

    tickets are a regressive tax ("in that a ticket costs relatively more for a poor person than a rich person"), is a little silly.  All consumer spending is regressive by that definition.  When I buy a $20 metro card or a $2 box of pasta, that takes up a relatively larger chunk of my income than it would for Warren Buffet.  Unless the price varies by income (I pay $2 for a box of pasta, he pays $2k), it's regressive by that definition.  

    •  Having Worked at a Yacht Builder Once, I Think (1+ / 0-)
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      the entire top end market for goods and services would constitute progressive consumer spending. I can tell you I earned a half decent income from building things I could never purchase before they were 50 years old.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:23:52 AM PST

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    •  Lotteries are also not taxes, ... (2+ / 0-)
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      pierre9045, misslegalbeagle

      the purchase of entry tickets is entirely voluntary.  That the state shouldn't entice the stupid in order to try and obtain funds is a different subject.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:34:06 PM PST

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