D Van Duker"Before Utah's avant garde start promoting
greed, avarice, & sloth, as a great source of government revenue, just how
many times has gambling, been touted as a "cheap-fix" to funding state
education? Has any lottery ever improved education outcomes anywhere? Tapping
into man's base-desires has always seems to generate unintended
consequences."That question is easy to find. There's this
thing called the internet... You can find all kinds of information there, unless
you don't want to find it because it doesn't support your POV.Georgia for instance gives free college at state colleges/universities
for anyone that maintains a B average.You can also find that
Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, New Mexico, Tennessee, and West Virginia all
use lottery money for college students.So, that shoots down your
claim that lotteries don't provide any educational benefits. This
doesn't even cover how much the lotteries cover for K-12.
Trying to get something for nothing. It's not new. I have a friend who
bets in Vegas and it has almost destroyed his marriage and he will never retire.
Betting is for people who don't understand the laws of
probability. The house never loses. Really sad.
Dont worry Utahns, you will always be able to bet on the stock market.
the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us we must choose good over evil. I
personally believe gambling to be evil but I love to go to the Las Vegas sports
books to watch games, and bettors. They are equally entertaining in their
sphere. This is going to come down to people controlling themselves or letting
excess control their lives. There is no middle ground, it's an all or
nothing type thing. On 1280 the Zone the other day, they were talking about
pedantic LDS stopping others from sinning. They're exactly right in their
criticism of that. Everyone should have the right to sin if they so choose.
It won't happen in Utah.
If something isn't immoral, the government shouldn't be regulating it.
If something is immoral, the government shouldn't seek to benefit from it.
-- Andy Rooney.Even if one doesn't buy into Andy's
libertarian worldview; you at least have to admit, he's not wrong.Governments permit most vices and immoral actions. What isn't prohibited
by law is typically the lowest common-denominator. What isn't prohibited
isn't a defensible moral standard; and, is an abject ethics failure too.
Before Utah's avant garde start promoting greed, avarice,
& sloth, as a great source of government revenue, just how many times has
gambling, been touted as a "cheap-fix" to funding state education? Has
any lottery ever improved education outcomes anywhere? Tapping into man's
base-desires has always seems to generate unintended consequences.I
personally greet sports-betting with a yawn. Prostitution & gambling are
both legal in NV. If that's what you want--go for it; it's your life,
not mine. However; if you think that state regulated betting in Utah can come
without negative consequences--I'm guessing you "self-medicated"
way too much during your last visit to Colorado.
"What's Next?" In Utah, nothing at all. Gambling is a "moral
issue," don't you know?
Wow. Las Vegas in all 50 state. Who would have thought- I certainly didn't
see that coming. However, don't expect to see all 50 states adopt it,
probably just the blue state and any states that need tax dollars, because the
states that adopt sports betting are sure to want a piece of the action.