Friday, March 30, 2012

Paying the Stupid Tax

Have you seen the movie Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp starring as John Dillinger?

Towards the end of the film, their is reference made to the Dillinger gang being cast aside by their mob contacts. In one scene, the mob bosses let them know that they are no longer needed. Their ill gotten gains are small potatoes compared to the new way the mob has of robbing people.

And what is their new way of robbing people? The "numbers racket." In this illegal scheme, you pay a dollar or two or three for a number. Your number is then put in a pot and, if it is drawn, you can walk away rich. Or at least a little richer than you were. But not nearly as rich as the ones that are running the racket.

In our time, these have been cracked down on and it is difficult to run them, unless you are the government. Yes, you can still plop down a few bucks and hope that you will somehow win a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Guess what? You won't win.

You just paid another tax. Only this one is completely voluntary. You are one of those people that checks that box saying you want to give extra money to your local, state and federal government.

You are stupid!

And so am I.

I never play these things, and I have never bought a ticket. I never will. But, when everyone at work goes in on buying some tickets, I am not about to be the only one that didn't get in on the fun. I don't want to be that guy.

No, we aren't going to win on the tickets that are bought for us. But what if they did win and I wasn't in the pool......

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