Illinois has passed a law that allows slot machines in bars.
I guess that was news, except bars already had slot machines in them … that paid if you won. The only difference between the old illegal machines and the new “legal” machines is that the state gets a cut. How quaint.
Perhaps someday (I start a sentence with those words when I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell something will happen) people will realize that the “state” is a dangerous parasite.
When you allow the state to make rules about things that have imaginary victims, all you do is lose money. The state would tell you that they are trying to protect those who have “gambling addictions” (an entirely made up thing). They fail to mention that people with “gambling addictions” cure themselves of this “disease” by losing their money, then they stop.
The fairy tale about these “gambling addicts” will continue with tales of people who stole money to gamble. What the story tellers don’t realize is that their fairy tale “gambling addict” story just turned into a story of a common thief…
They won’t make the mistake of making up a story about the person with a “stealing addiction” because, I think, they know that is too dumb. Also the “stealing addiction” story doesn’t serve the same purpose as the “gambling addiction” fairy tale. The “gambling addiction” fairy tale is specifically created to use as a reason for the state to protect you from the imaginary destruction that gambling might cause. (And then of course, for them to tax it) Boy they think you are an idiot.