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  •  By their own choosing, though (4+ / 0-)

    and I find it just a tad offensive that you are essentially characterizing the poor as being stupid.

    •  difference between individual and collective harm (0+ / 0-)

      We were not ahead of our time, we led the way to our time.

      by i understand on Sun May 19, 2013 at 01:55:05 PM PDT

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    •  Scam Artists Use the Same Line (1+ / 0-)
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      cjo30080

      Why that elderly couple chose to sign for a reverse mortgage when SS was cut and they could no longer afford their modest home.

      Lotteries are a big neon sign of moral and leadership failure by both parties, with a few exceptions for some individuals. Lotteries are a dodge so the wealthy don't have to pay their fair share since they don't support public education for the most part. We can steal money to pay bankers bonuses for bad gambling debts, or print it to fake a stock market, but education, no way.

      I've yet to hear the governments come out with an ad that said you're throwing your money away in a lottery. The presentation has been one-sided for a reason.

      •  Fair enough, I'm all for the government (1+ / 0-)
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        to institute some advertising along the lines of "since you're poor and/or old, you're obviously too stupid to know how to manage your money on your own . . . . "

        Heck, we already basically do that, for example we won't send out cash like they do in Canada (horror of horror), we send the poor food stamps instead.

        I've always assumed that that philosophy is RW in nature, but since it seems to resonate over here at DK I seem be mistaken about that.

        Guess it just goes to show that that old saying about what happens when one "assumes" is true.

        •  We're All Under Pressure to Consume (0+ / 0-)

          and buy crap we don't need or is bad for us. While the decisions are presented as if they occur in a vacuum, they are not. It's why advertisers and politicians collect personal data. The reason the pressure continues in a certain manner is because it works. I've bought stuff where another day I wonder why I did and what was I thinking.

          I'd rather have the government educate people to make informed decisions, but the only way they would fund that seems to be with another lottery.

          The assume stuff never entered my mind. We're all just trying to get along.

          •  Maybe the framing for this diary was just (3+ / 0-)

            bad by calling this a "tax" - after all taxes tend to reduce the consumption or use of whatever is being taxed.

            Thus, if the lottery really were a tax, it would be helpful insofar as almost by definition it would dissuade the poor (everyone, really) from partaking.

            Or, another way to look at it, the tax meme suggests that if only the entire thing were privatized, it would be OK . . ..

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