June 28, 2012

Hurry up, Darwin

The Dallas NAACP is calling for an end to the Texas lottery because:
"People with very little money are spending their money on the lottery," said Juanita Wallace, president of the Dallas branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "This has been bothering us for a while.
No shit?  Apparently the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas agrees, saying that the lottery 'preys on the poor'.

Is there someone going door to door in poor neighborhoods, selling lottery tickets to welfare recipients?  Is there a lottery ticket vending machine at the social services office?  How, pray tell, does the lottery prey on, or cater to, poor people?

I would argue that this nanny state, entitlement-riddled society caters to the poor.  There is no real fear of going hungry or without shelter.  There is no work ethic engrained in people to provide for themselves.  And the EBT card thing - it is like my 5-year old's view of my debit card - it is the magical money card.  Difference is, when I use mine to pay for groceries, the money comes out of my checking account, not the pockets of American taxpayers.

How about a little tough love in the 'hood?  Is the NAACP calling for a ban on gold jewelry?  Fancy cars with fancy rims?  Booty implants?  Call me racist, but there is a whole lot of materialism amongst the NAACP's poor.  Try teaching some basic budgeting skills.  Try having the age old discussion about needs versus wants.  If poor people want to buy lottery tickets instead of health insurance, we call that thinning the herd.


CenTexTim said...

"If poor people want to buy lottery tickets instead of health insurance, we call that thinning the herd."

No we don't. We call that heartless insensitive conservatives refusing to help those less fortunate than themselves by opposing obamacare.

Anonymous said...

I think you missed the point. If you charge 3 times more for tickets in "the hood" than you can say there is some unfairness. Like charging the middle class more in taxes. Is that fair?