Site Meter Ogre's Politics & Views: Lottery Shell Game

Ah yes, the lottery topic again. As you may or may not know, North Carolina is trying very hard to join the state-sponsored gambling monopoly. As with just about every other state-sponsored gambling monopoly created, it is being sold as "for the children." We are told over and over again that the money will only be used for education, and that the "new" money will not replace current expenditures.

If you believe that, I've got a great deal on some oceanfront property in Montana for you.

South Carolina is already bemoaning the "loss" of education funding that will happen when North Carolina's gambling enterprise starts up. If all the lottery money is "extra" money to be spent on education, why the problems?

Because SC, like every other government that's addicted to gambling programs, cannot stand ANY decrease in any spending program, EVER. That's why they are already talking about the SC legislature having to increase funding to education to make up for the "shortfall" that's going to happen when NC residents stop playing the SC lottery.

But it's for the children, so just give the state the money you earn and shut up.

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