The State of Illinois announced that they make payment on any winning lottery ticket of more than $600. Instead, winners will win an IOU. What would happen if a private citizen in Illinois decided that he or she couldn’t pay a tax bill of $600 or more and instead mailed in an IOU?
Running a lottery ought to be an easy proposition. People voluntarily pay into it. The money that isn’t issued as winnings is supposed to fund schools. They’ve always said that the reason lotteries are needed is to fund underfunded school systems. How’s Illinois’ school funding looking these days? It ought to be great considering that they can’t meet their own obligation to pay those that win their lottery.
If they can’t run a lottery without screwing it up, why trust them with anything else?
The Democratic Presidential field consists of five — Biden would make six – candidates that are all for giving them any and everything else.
Like housing. They ought to be great at running housing projects. Oh, wait. They already do. The results?
Or health care. Obamacare was supposed to be the winning lottery ticket that extended healthcare to all. And yet here we are, in 2015, listening to Democrats preach to us as though it were 2007 and the Affordable Care Act hadn’t been invented yet.
Infrastructure? Those shovel ready jobs weren’t quite so shovel ready. Big knee-slapper for folks left of center that one was.
There are scarcely any examples where they have taken something and made it better than it was before they got their hands on it. Lotteries, housing, health care, infrastructure, defense, wages, economies. All made worse. All just waiting to be made better by one more round of regulations, policies, laws, and agencies. Take any campaign speech delivered by any of the five Democrats running and compare with what Lyndon Baines Johnson was talking about half a century ago. Same old,same old all in the name of making better the things they’ve screwed up in the first place.
Enter the knee-jerk reaction. The left and many on the right buy into the notion that if Conservatives wish to discuss progressive failures in all these different areas, that it’s also incumbent upon Conservatives to offer solutions. As if Conservatives haven’t many, many times before. (As one example, Conservatives offered nearly four dozen alternatives to Obamacare all of which were dismissed out of hand by the left).
Instead, Conservatives need to simply ask progressives: Why should we trust you with (insert policy item here) when the results of your policies in that area have been disastrous?
Indeed, why should they be trusted with housing when their housing projects have ruined inner city lives?
Why should they be entrusted with healthcare after the fiasco of Obamacare?
Why should they be allowed to touch infrastructure when they were given nearly $1 trillion dollars squandered when those “shovel ready jobs weren’t so shovel ready” after all?
Why should they be trusted with a state lottery when they can’t pay out winnings to those who chose to play?
It’s time we made them answer up to questions like this.