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  •  What would your solution be to save poor people (0+ / 0-)

    from themselves as you seem to see it by objecting to their buying lottery tickets with their own money?  Maybe enact laws that stipulate what they can and cannot spend their money on? Require a financial statement presented at the time of a lottery ticket purchase to ensure that certain ratios are not exceeded? Where does it all end? When would you feel comfortable that all "evil" enticements were eradicated from this scary world that preys on us all. Should we bring back prohibition so that alcoholics aren't tempted to imbibe? Ban all sweets and cheeseburgers so that fat people can lose weight and legally require them to exercise? Make looking attractive illegal so that sex addicts aren't tempted? Micro chip our children so we always know where they are? Hell, never let your kids out of your sight, 24/7, go with them everywhere and carry a hanky to blow their nose until they are 21 years old.

    At some point people have to be allowed to make their own decisions and their own mistakes. You cannot go around protecting everyone all of the time, especially from themselves.

    "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

    by helpImdrowning on Sun May 19, 2013 at 10:50:26 PM PDT

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