North Carolina lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban welfare recipients and people who have filed for bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets. This is one the most absurd proposals ever to be presented on the floor by any state legislature. “The lawmakers behind it believe it’s counterproductive for the government to accept money from welfare recipients who are struggling to get by.”
“We’re giving them welfare to help them live, and yet by selling them a ticket, we’re taking away their money that is there to provide them the barest of necessities,” state House Majority Leader Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam (R), who is helping draft the bill, told ABC 11. Stam added that the lottery “is essentially a scam,” the news outlet reported.
The implication is that anyone who is poor regardless of the circumstances that caused them to become poor…( i.e. illness, unemployment, natural disasters or death of a spouse who is the primary source of income ) should not seek to become financially stable by any means except employment. What if the welfare recipient is a senior who is unable to find work, a disabled veteran or a housewife who has dependent children?
Childcare expenses for 2 children can cost as much as $300.00 per week. Healthcare expenses can deplete anyone savings within a matter of weeks especially if they have serious health issues like cancer, heart disease, require dialysis or have become a paraplegic due to war injuries.
“Some lottery critics claim that the lottery is a tax on the poor, the uneducated, and the elderly, who are more likely to buy lottery tickets. “According to this logic only those who are already upwardly mobile or at least financially stable.. should be allowed to maintain their status with the option of purchasing lottery tickets even though it’s only a “scam”.
“For example, the poorest counties in North Carolina have the highest spending per capita on lottery tickets, according to North Carolina Policy Watch (via Business Insider).
The fact that gov’t officials are making comparisons to see which communities are buying the most lottery tickets is ridiculous. Common sense would naturally indicate that poor people do not wish to remain poor…however, this does not attest to the fact that welfare recipients are so irresponsible that they will buy lottery tickets rather than feed and clothe their families.
The legislators in North Carolina have once again validated why most citizens dislike politicians. Their obvious bias against the poor has become so blatant by trying to regulate how a recipient’s money should be spent. Ironically, those same lawmakers probably will refuse to pay an additional 1% or 2% more in taxes to help stimulate the economy and reduce the national debt.
Are these congressman refusing perks from lobbyists and excessive campaign funding in order to be reelected? One of the original concepts of the lottery was to increase funding for education. Therefore, when anyone buys a lottery ticket they are contributing to someone’s education. Congressmen need to stop dictating and start educating.
Finally, if a welfare recipient is fortunate enough to become a lottery winner…simply remove them from state welfare program and rejoice in the fact that they are no longer dependent upon gov’t funds.