You’d think a Democrat would cringe at this one

Passed out drunk

New York legalizes gambling in bars. I understand the reasoning: why lose a customer base of drunken fools to the casinos where a band of faux-indians grabs the loot and keeps it,  when you can milk ‘em right in their hometown? And I personally am all for lotteries, gasoline taxes diverted to general purposes (a Connecticut specialty) and any tax on any activity, preferably as stupid as possible, because it’s the only way to get cretins to pay something for the government services they’re getting. But taxing the stupid and the drunk seems to run a bit against what Democrats at least profess to believe is the goal of governance.

But not me, so go at it, boys.

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9 responses to “You’d think a Democrat would cringe at this one

  1. Al Dente

    I made my first trip to Las Vegas on a business trip and was astounded when “smart” people I work with just couldn’t wait to get feces-faced and flat-broke. Amazing.

  2. Walt

    Dude –
    Only the government could consider this a victory:

    DoE spokesman Damien LaVera wrote that because of “the strong protections we put in place for taxpayers,” the government’s loss on the Abound loan likely won’t be more than $60 million”.

    They lent Abound Solar, which just filed for bankruptcy, $70 million, of which they will ONLY lose $60 million. And they declare VICTORY!! They gave them a loan guarantee of $400 million, so I am surprised that they are not claiming they actually SAVED the taxpayers $340 million.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/28/news/economy/abound-solar-bankrupt/

    You really can’t make this stuff up.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  3. That’s a good point, that gambling, cigarettes, booze and lotto are the biggest taxes that many of the have nots pay. So on that basis alone, I am in favor of it. But the NAACP is starting to catch on….

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/29/us/texas-naacp-lottery/index.html

  4. Libertarian Advocate

    Fudrucker: Care to respond to JD Junkyard’s linked story?

    When I’m in a lotto vending store – usually a gas station outlet – far more often than not it’s people of color I see buying multiple chances at the jackpot against all rational odds. Why is that?

    • Oh that’s thelatest plan up in Hartford – banning sales of lottery tickets, alcohol and Pringles to po’folk. Endorsed by Dollar Bill and the NAACP, it’ll be a sure crowd pleaser, if it can just get past the natural Democrat impulse to ban sales of those commodities to everyone, but we’ll see.

  5. AJ

    So if some drunk drives home and kills someone because he couldn’t afford a taxi because he got cleaned out playing video poker (the preferred game for looting drunk suckers in bars) will the state be held liable?

  6. Libertarian Advocate

    “banning sales of lottery tickets, alcohol and Pringles to po’folk.”

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  7. Anonymous

    In 2010 the LA Times exposed the fact that po’ folks could use their EBT cards an indian casinos, poker rooms, and strip clubs. Initially the Times didn’t know if those ATM’s were being accessed because the DSS refused to release the information in the LAT FOIA request. It caused a huge uproar and Schwarzenegger immediately instructed the card vendor to ban use at those ATM’s and told DSS to release the figures, it turned out that $1.8M had been spent in casinos and poker rooms in just eight months.
    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/25/local/la-me-welfare-casinos-20100625

    I just looked at the California EBT site and it looks like his ban is still in force (not that the card can’t be used on the way to these places) and I was amused at the warning printed in red on the page that shows locations you can access benefits. To wit:
    You can no longer get your cash benefits at ATMs and point of sale devices in liquor stores that don’t accept your CalFresh benefits. You also can’t get your cash benefits at casinos, poker rooms, card rooms, adult entertainment businesses, bail bonds, night clubs/saloons/taverns, bingo halls, race tracks, gun/ammunition stores, cruise ships, psychic readers, smoking shops, cannabis shops, tattoo/piercing shops, and spa/massage salons.
    https://www.ebt.ca.gov/caebtclient/usebenefit.jsp

    I mean, should people need to be told this? :lol:

    As an aside, I think this small scandal shows that figures on where and how benefits are being used can, and is, being collected by the states and can also be released to the media under FOIA requests without incurring penalties from the Feds when there is enough pressure applied in the right places.

    By the way, it took 8 years of abuse and an investigation by the media to put a stop to this practice. DSS had its thumb up its a**.