One of the many irritations that I have in life is the state run lotteries. Part of it is the lottery itself – it’s a regressive tax on poor people. I’m no fan of the progressive income tax (the harder you work the more you get taxed), but a regressive tax is a sin. I also hat the fact that state legistlatures say gambling is immoral – unless we do it.
There was also the fact that certain people in my life would begin too many sentences with “If I ever won the lottery…..”. It was depressing that someone’s dreams were nullified unless chance happen to shine on them.
But that aside, the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.
But something new is bothering me. A voluntary ego tax, i.e. personalized license plates.
Do you really need to express your individuality that badly? It’s the equilvalent of waving your arms around screaming “Look at me. Look at me.” And you pay the government money for the right.