I can't tell you how many times in the last week someone asked me if I bought a lottery ticket. Yes the lottery jackpot is a big topic of discussion these days. Now I don't have a problem with somebody buying a lottery ticket. It is your money. If you want to flush it down the toilet, that's your business. I just don't understand it though. You always hear these media reports of "So and So" winning several million dollars, but you never see a headline that says several hundred thousand people lost today, and you never will. You also will never see any reports of poor people in poor neighborhoods spending what little money they have on lottery tickets, while they can't even afford transportation.
Think about this. The same people who run around talking about how much government should help the poor, are the very people who support a government lottery that preys on the poor. That alone proves that they don't give a rat's ass about poor people. What they care about is government and if government has to use a lottery to take money from its citizens, money that would have been spent in the private sector, then government has no problem taking it from poor people.
They sell poor people false hope, while people like Rebecca Paul make several hundred thousand dollars a year. They call themselves "progressive" while supporting the most regressive tax ever created. No you won't find me buying a lottery ticket and unless you are really bad at math, or just plain stupid, you shouldn't buy one either. There is a way to obtain material blessings in this country, and that way is called work. I realize that it is not a very popular concept these days, but it definitely has a higher rate of success than flushing your money down the toilet.