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Taxes and Lotteries

You’re right, Andrew, that a lottery is not perfectly analogous to a tax, but it works for the purpose of my comparison. If you want to increase the political constraints on the government’s ability to raise money, you’ll want “painful” taxes and you’ll want to avoid state-run lotteries.

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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