Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Rigged Game

We had a client who, while we were representing him on an litigation matter, was paid a sum of money of which he declined to inform us. He was a crack addict. After he had cleaned himself up, we were working the file and asked him why he didn't tell us about the money. He replied, "when you're a crack head and someone gives you ten grand, you don't call anyone." He said the money lasted about a month.

The Ontario government is addicted to gambling revenues. It advertises gambling in a manner that it would never allow liquor producers or tobacco companies to so do. They run a fixed game on a monopoly level. Banning smoking in bars was easy. The government changed the laws for horse tracks and slots because revenues were down. Hypocrites? Apparently not. Gambling online, something the government is attempting to shut down, is a fair wager. The odds are set by the game (cards) or by the gamblers (horses & sports). Government gambling is designed for the return to the government. Not enough money coming through the tills, change the odds or the game. The government cannot compete on a level playing field with their ludicrous games.

The government was taking some heat for the finding that they were still telling customers they had a chance to win a certain prize after the prize was already won. Now we find that retailers of government lotto tickets have been ripping off their clients and it appears that the government was aware of the problem. Rather than call the cops they spun like crazy. The government has now nixed a public inquiry into the issue. When the government recieves information that will require the outlay of money or may affect their supply, like any addict, they don't call anyone.

The Liberals used their majority to crush a Progressive Conservative vote for a legislative inquiry into the "Lottogate" scandal yesterday, prompting opposition accusations that the government has something to hide.
The Fraser Institute reported yesterday that the average Canadian pays about 45% of their income in taxes. High on the list were the hidden taxes found on such vices liquor and cigarettes. Lotto proceeds are pure taxes. The government maintains a monopoly position, not for the reason claimed that only the benevolent government can regulate our vices, but because vices are a cash cow and the government cannot stand competition. Should there be a public inquiry? Perhaps. More importantly, the government should get out of the vice business and let people keep a little more of their money to spend on other items, vices or not, as they choose. By getting out of the lottery business they cannot guarantee that no one will be ripped off, but at least the gambler will have a fair shot at the prize.

(crossposted @ Little Tobacco)


Honey Pot said...

Honey Pot said.....

Someone just has got to do a story on Shelia Copp's vagina picture. In her column today she was going on how because she was a woman that a national newspaper splashed a picture of her twat in the paper for the whole world to see. Where they got the picture of her twat is not known, but it would be a story worth pursuing.

MapMaster said...

Regrettably, our vagina correspondent is off on assignment. But at the risk of detracting from Little Tobacco's excellent post above, I would wonder why Sheila Copps would even confess to such a thing, except that I have never been able to understand why she does anything at all.

Little Tobacco said...

..and what an assignment it was. Sheila is shameless.