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Paper #3 Today I wish to discuss the limited ethics and hypocritical nature of our government, on a state and national level regarding the issue of gambling. From a utilitarian viewpoint, differing opinions exist on measuring the outcomes of gambling, both good and bad. It seems that these views are quite opposites depending on one’s religious background, how they were raised, and probably their socio-economic status as well. But let’s concentrate on how governments in the United States act and react to the issue at hand. Obviously each state is different, but the problem I see is how the public cannot possibly grasp on to a single “in stone” set of principles issued by our government because they simply do not exist. On one hand, many states now sponsor and operate lotteries. The lottery movement started small, but as states saw others able to draw revenues from their citizens and others traveling in a lottery state, typically, dollar signs prevailed and other states came on board with their own lotteries or partnered with those other states to run “super lotteries”. Lotteries were favored by a certain segment of the voting public and discouraged by another segment. Just like the differences between conservatives and liberals, it was the undecided group who was lobbied and became the deciders. One method used was earmarking lottery revenue for certain programs such as education or environmental cleanup. It’s hard for anyone to be against either of those to receive such benefits, right? Well, there is only one little problem as explained by Patrick Pierce, a political scientist at St. Mary’s University in Indiana, who analyzes the impact of lotteries, “In the first year of a lottery there is a dramatic increase in the spending on education” (Libaw). But guess what our perfectly ethical governments do then? They dramatically cut non-lottery revenue spending on education (or whatever intended target)
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2012 for the course ENGLISH enc 102 taught by Professor Sharrikoopman during the Fall '11 term at Valencia.

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