RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban people on welfare or those who are in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets.
Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake is helping draft the legislation. Stam told ABC11 the vendor selling the lottery ticket would be penalized if they knew the person was on welfare or in bankruptcy.
That stipulation is not sitting well with some convenience store clerks that don't want to be left to enforce a new law.The point seems to be that it's a bad idea for folks on welfare to use their assistance money to buy lottery tickets. I agree. Public funds shouldn't be wasted in this (or on a number of other) way.
On the other hand, the guy behind the counter has lots of other things to worry about. Is this guy going to pull a gun and rob me? Did someone drive off and not pay on pump #2? Man she is hot, maybe I should forget about checking her id and let her get those wine coolers. Is that meth head pulling tricks in the bathroom again? Lets face it, the people who are going to have to enforce this law aren't cops, they're the proud holders of GED's. Do they really have to interview the customers about their financial status. If they could do that, then they could be working as a loan officer at a bank and not pushing Marlboro Light 100's.
I have two ideas that would solve this problem faster and better than a new law: #1 stop giving people welfare. IF you don't give them any money, they can't waste it on stuff you disapprove of. This has an additional upside in that if we stopped welfare payments the country could be on its way to financial solvency. #2 Outlaw the lottery. The lottery is after all just a state run numbers racket. In most states its only done to generate income to be wasted on programs designed to get more people dependent on the state in the first place. #3 Do both of the above.
We could fix the problem by getting rid of one or more bad laws, or we could put yet another bad law on the books. Which one do you think they will do?