Liquored Up, Broke, and Hungover: The Poor and the Promotion of Video Gambling.

When it comes to trying to use every possible method to trick people into losing their money, the decrepit and morally bankrupt state of Illinois is right up there.  It’s citizens – myself included – have been treated like a piggybank, but apparently the state needs to garnish even more of our money to feed the machine that is billions in debt.

Illinois has been actively encouraging people through commercials, online media, ect to play the Illinois Lottery. Hell, there is now even a new official app you can play the Lotto through to make losing your money even easier as you watch you the game.  What they don’t tell you is that the real lotto winners are the ones who snag a public sector job in Illinois. You can bet your ass it won’t be part time either like 90% of the jobs offered in this cespool.

Apparently people still weren’t coughing up enough money in the mega jackpots that the local poor and homeless never seemed to win after years of trying their luck.  Even being the first state to allow online lottery sales still isn’t generating enough revenue. So what else can be done?

Historical Flashback: October 9th, 2012 marked the first day of legalized video gambling in bar, pubs, and “drinking establishments” across Illinois.  As a radical libertarian, I’m not opposed to legalize gambling on principle, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that alcohol and video slots are a great way to keep pulling the lever instead of walking away.

Who profits? The bars, the state, and the local government.  This is why the state actively encourages both the lotto and the gambling regardless of who it hurts.  I’m still pissed that they are blowing tax dollars – even though thats pretty damn normal in Illinois – on promoting the Illinois Lotto on TV and Cable.  Hell, how is that even in the budget? I guess that “investment” really does turn a literal sick profit. 

In every game where there are devious winners, there must be distraught losers. Those losers are the local patrons who walk away with even less money. Note that the place, Jesters, is in Waukegan which is one of the poorest areas in Illinois whose residents now have 70,000$ less to put toward bettering their lives.  You can’t walk the streets without people asking you for “bus money” that they can gamble away, use for drugs and liquor, ect.  But yes, lets encourage them to spend their money poorly instead of on their families!

Besides the morning after hangover, throw in a terrible and shocked look on your face when you realize how much money you lost last night.  I live in Fox Lake – about 10 minutes from the Wisconsin border – and we have ALOT of bars.  This now means people gamble their money away at much more of an increased rate then they did two years ago. The Reverse Robin Hood Effect is in full display.

I’ve seen it all.

– My former, now evicted neighbor, already drank his unemployment money away at one of the local Fox Lake bars, and with the slot machines, it became even worse.

–  The local poor hobbling lady at the gas station wasting away what money she has buying lotto tickets.

– The homeless people roaming the streets buying as many lotto tickets as they can hoping to strike lucky and maybe land a warm place to stay when our nasty winter hits.

Now I’m not calling for video gambling in bars to be banned or even moderated any more than it is. I’m just simply pointing out the blatant bullshit of this state in promoting and encouraging people to do it.  Seriously, just imagine if this state was encouraging people to smoke cigarettes. The uproar would be incredulous.

But yes! Let’s encourage all these people to play the lotto instead of investing that money in ways to get them out of the rut they are stuck in.  At least the school, infrastructure, and “public” projects will reap the rewards.  All for the greater good right?

Wrong. The ends – especially in this situation – don’t justify the means.  I just wish my corrupt state run by self-proclaimed caring liberal democrats stood by their supposed allegiance to the poor, downtrodden, and less fortunate in Illinois instead of actively promoting and encouraging new and revised ways to trick them out of their money. (At least Pat Quinn tried.) Hypocrites, the lot of them. Seriously, fuck this state.

The actual compassionate, fair-minded, and justice seeking liberals who control the state of Illinois should be outraged to see articles from publications like Businessweek with headlines like, “How Poor Families Fund College for Wealthy Students“.  Let that article soak in.  Seriously, justify this bullshit with excuses like, “It funds the schools!” or “It helps fund important social welfare programs! I dare you. I dare you to be consistent with your ideology for once.

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