Huh? Leftists claim lottery ‘regressive tax on the poor’

Mark this day in history. Not because I happened to have a single winning number on the Powerball ticket I willingly bought. But because a top site aligned with the far left has declared the lottery “a regressive tax on the poor.” 

When the left bemoans a tax of any kind, that’s a camera moment. And it gets better. Think Progress claimed, “Profit from those ticket sales go to government coffers.”

LOL ad infinitum.

The left usually loves “government coffers.” As current Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, high profile icon for the left, told leaders in Pakistan in 2010:

“We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move, and that’s not what we see in Pakistan.

Is the lottery a “regressive tax on the poor?” Only a propagandist could come up with that kind of bunk.

No one forces you to purchase a lottery ticket. No one forces you to fill out a complicated form that, even if you make an honest mistake, might cost you more money or land you in prison. No one forces you to pay a lottery ‘fee’ in order to keep electricity coming to your house or to keep your cell phone working.

I suspect those small businesses who garner a share of the winnings for tickets sold appreciate the revenue.

From time to time, I purchase lottery tickets. I enjoy participating and I suspect others do as well, regardless of income level.

When I hear the left bemoan the income-gutting health tax bill (Obamacare/PPACA) Democrats shoved down middle class throats, then I might take the far side of the aisle seriously when it comes to tax relief.

Until then, nonsense like a voluntary act being a “regressive tax” is nothing more than nonsense coming from a side of the aisle that worships all-powerful federal government with the zeal a former neighbor of ours worshiped Pachamama.

I won a few bucks in the big drawing last night, but a few other people became wealthy overnight. That, for them, is a good thing I suspect. That the left wants to deprive someone of being able to commit a voluntary and legal act in hopes of improving their lot says it all.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 14, 2016).

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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