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5/26/2010 12:18:48 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 12:12:11 PM, innomen wrote:
Is it ethical for a government at any level to promote, market, and profit from gaming?

depends what the money made is used for. is it not kinda like being taxed by choice? that's better than just being taxed.
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5/26/2010 12:24:15 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 12:12:11 PM, innomen wrote:
Is it ethical for a government at any level to promote, market, and profit from gaming?

Sure. Gambling is a business.
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5/26/2010 12:27:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 12:24:15 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/26/2010 12:12:11 PM, innomen wrote:
Is it ethical for a government at any level to promote, market, and profit from gaming?

Sure. Gambling is a business.

Government is not a business.

unless... you're an anarchist?
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5/26/2010 12:28:54 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 12:24:15 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/26/2010 12:12:11 PM, innomen wrote:
Is it ethical for a government at any level to promote, market, and profit from gaming?

Sure. Gambling is a business.

Yeah, and they're so good at business.
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5/26/2010 12:31:30 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 12:12:11 PM, innomen wrote:
Is it ethical for a government at any level to promote, market, and profit from gaming?

Sure.

But it's unethical to not allow private companies to also "promote, market, and profit from gaming." See: Massachusetts.
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5/26/2010 12:31:34 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 12:27:37 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 5/26/2010 12:24:15 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/26/2010 12:12:11 PM, innomen wrote:
Is it ethical for a government at any level to promote, market, and profit from gaming?

Sure. Gambling is a business.

Government is not a business.

unless... you're an anarchist?

why isn't government a business?
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5/26/2010 12:34:58 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 12:31:30 PM, Nags wrote:
At 5/26/2010 12:12:11 PM, innomen wrote:
Is it ethical for a government at any level to promote, market, and profit from gaming?

Sure.

But it's unethical to not allow private companies to also "promote, market, and profit from gaming." See: Massachusetts.

Agreed. This is what I essentially meant by my original post.
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5/26/2010 12:42:52 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I put this out there because i frequently see zombies who are walking out of a convenience store with their fist full of scratch tickets, walking into the keno parlor and, seemingly, compulsively spending their money.

It's their money, it's their business to do with it as they see fit. However, should Government participate and profit in something that they otherwise find illegal. Is that not hypocritical? If they were to allow private business to provide lottery or gaming of some sort, would that not be more ethical for a government? If it were done privately it would really not be any of the business of the state whether or not it's ethical.
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5/26/2010 1:06:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
It's better than taxes.
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5/26/2010 1:43:54 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 1:24:20 PM, innomen wrote:
At 5/26/2010 1:06:25 PM, Reasoning wrote:
It's better than taxes.

It's a tax on the stupid.

Which is perfect.
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5/26/2010 2:01:11 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 1:24:20 PM, innomen wrote:
At 5/26/2010 1:06:25 PM, Reasoning wrote:
It's better than taxes.

It's a tax on the stupid.

Tax is an incorrect term for this situation.
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5/26/2010 2:12:07 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 1:06:25 PM, Reasoning wrote:
It's better than taxes.

Maybe it should be used as an alternative to taxation, with the state granted a complete monopoly.
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5/26/2010 2:17:15 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 2:12:07 PM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 5/26/2010 1:06:25 PM, Reasoning wrote:
It's better than taxes.

Maybe it should be used as an alternative to taxation, with the state granted a complete monopoly.

isn't that how they manage in andorra?
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5/26/2010 2:19:17 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/26/2010 2:12:07 PM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 5/26/2010 1:06:25 PM, Reasoning wrote:
It's better than taxes.

Maybe it should be used as an alternative to taxation, with the state granted a complete monopoly.

That's exactly how it is, at least here in this state.