The Corner

Lotteries

Well, Andrew, I’m not that keen on sin taxes either. I have several objections to state lotteries. Here are two: It raises money for the government which, in general, I’d rather it didn’t have; and it’s unfair, since private companies can’t start their own lotteries. I believe the studies on the economic impact of gambling have been inconclusive.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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