a thoughtful web.
Share good ideas and conversation.   Login or Take a Tour!
comment by user-inactivated
user-inactivated  ·  1425 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The lottery is a tax, an inefficient, regressive, and exploitative tax

I'm not bioemerl, and I'm sure my opinion about the lottery as a whole might change in later years, but personally I think the billboard is disgusting. That said, I'd rather have individual state governments run the lottery and profit off of it than go back to the older systems like The Numbers Game and Bolita. Without government oversight, people could easily be taken advantage of. Given also that a lot of people are prone to gambling problems and make unfavorable deals with loan sharks, state run lotteries probably help mitigate some of that risk as well. That said, the billboard is indeed tasteless.

Caspus  ·  1425 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't disagree, but the least they could do is put on the air of giving a shit about the very real impact their "voluntary gambling" is having on people.

Or maybe that's just me being wishful.