Saturday, October 9, 2010

Peggy Noonan -- Smart Gal.

("Shot in the back, Very sad.")

“There are of course a million examples, big and small, of how governments can damage the actual nature and character of the citizenry, and only because there was just a commercial on TV telling me to gamble will I mention the famous case of the state lotteries. Give government the right to reap revenues from the public desire to gamble, and you’ll soon have government doing something your humble local bookie never had the temerity to try: convince the people that gambling is a moral good. They promote it insistently on local television, undermining any remaining reserve among our citizens not to play the numbers, not to develop what can become an addiction. Our state government daily promotes what for 2,000 years was understood to be a vice. No bookie ever committed a crime that big.”

- Peggy Noonan, in today's WSJ

(PS I've *always* hated how the Lottery in Michigan lies about its purposes. Yes, 100% of lottery money goes to the schools. BUT MONEY IS FUNGIBLE, DAMMIT, and that just means that the money that SHOULD be going to schools is wasted on something else.....)

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