Governments Take Advantage of citizens’ Weaknesses
Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 7, 2013
This week voters in two states made decisions that take advantage and profit from human frailties.
In Colorado voters approved a measure to place a 25% tax on the sale of recreational marijuana. In this vote the good citizens of Colorado earmarked the first $40 million of pot revenue for public schools. How noble! How ludicrous! Pot at the least is not a benefit to students or their education. Recognizing the reality of this lunacy, Colorado’s Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper attempted to defer criticism of the tax saying: “We will do everything in our power to make sure kids don’t smoke pot and that we don’t have people driving who are high. This ballot measure gives Colorado the ability to regulate marijuana properly.” Since when has any government been able to regulate the actions of hormone filled teenagers?
New York’s voters legalized casino gambling joining other states who have found the allure of gambling revenues to be too good to pass up. The media justifies this affirmative vote in financial terms, indicating it will bring revenues into New York State. The fact that the money will come from many who cannot afford to lose it is of little consequence to these modern-day Robin Hoods.
With our Libertarian bent, this Blog does not believe morality can be legislated. We therefore are a proponent of allowing individuals to gamble and get high, as long as their actions do not endanger others. However, having governments benefit from these human weaknesses puts them in conflict with the interests of the greater society.
For decades governments at various levels spent hundreds of billions of dollars attempting to eliminate gambling and drug use in society. Many governmental employees and industries earned a living on these massive efforts. Now their pensions will be paid for by those currently legal practices. What a clear example of governmental moral corruption.