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Taxation that Punishes the Poor

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While expressing compassion for America’s poor, leaders of the left do nothing about two cruel, rapidly rising taxes that fall disproportionately on the destitute. Tobacco taxes have gone up more dramatically than any other form of taxation, and statistics indicate poor people are vastly more likely to smoke cigarettes than the middle class.

At the same time, lottery profits feeding state governments now exceed $20 billion a year—once again taking money from Americans who can afford it least. It’s poor people who buy the most lottery tickets, accepting the malicious lie that gambling offers their only chance to live the American dream. Studies show that desperate and indigent families will often spend more than $10 a week on lottery tickets—money that could make a significant difference if saved or invested over the course of a lifetime.

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  1. Beth Gibson  •  Aug 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Here in Canada a survey taken a few years ago was published as saying that up to a third of the baby boomers, having lived improvidently, expected to support themselves in their old age with lottery winnings.

  2. PA  •  Aug 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    The cigarette tax among many other taxes is unfair. Taxes should not be used to influence behavior. although conservatives are against tax increases they often vote to pass this particular tax to get votes for their causes in return.

    As for the lottery-it’s a free choice.
    Anyone who believes that is the only chance to live the American dream–well, what can I say.

  3. TJR  •  Aug 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Democrats punish the poor in so many ways so why should taxes be any different. The destruction reaped upon the poor by the “Great Society” is painfully obvious as we have generations that have learned to depend on the government for a meager existence. But as long as the media is controlled by regressive/progressives, the poor will remain…. poor and ignorant.

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