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Governments in 44 different states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories brought in nearly a billion dollars this past week by taxing residents who lack the ability to understand simple mathematical statistics.
The taxes were collected by the Multi-State Lottery Association and are more commonly known as the Powerball Lottery.
The tax is based upon one’s ability to comprehend that the odds of winning the “Jackpot” (1:292,201,338) are 29 times less than the odds of becoming President of the United States.
A recent Gallup Poll found that 53% of families whose household income was under $25,000 per year are likely to pay this tax, due to their inability to compute the data associated with the odds of winning.
Additionally, the tax rate for households making less than $30,000 per year is considerably higher than it is for those earning +$75,000 annually… in fact, it is one of the few taxes on earth that charge a higher rate for the lowest income earners as opposed to those on the upper end of the scale – still yet, it remains a tax that millions of desperate families gladly line up to pay in gas station and convenience center lines each week: thanks to some incredible marketing by the tax collection agencies.
While most residents believe the revenues collected by this tax are used exclusively to fund schools, the commission’s annual report revealed that only a fraction of the collected revenues are spent on education. The majority of the money is used by “other state agencies” or falls into the General Fund for the politicians down at the statehouse to hold politically hostage and use in order to legally purchase votes on the eve of the next election.
There are some who will say that the lottery is merely an innocent game. This is not true, it is a monopoly controlled and owned by the government. Try hosting a “game” like this yourself in your basement with a few friends and see how innocent the government deems such an activity. For the government, it is nothing more than a source of sure revenue that only they have the authority to collect.
Tax collectors in West Virginia proudly announced in their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY-15 that for the 13th consecutive year in a row, the agency collected more than $1 billion in tax revenue from hurting citizens of the Mountain State – a state whose workforce is tied for the next to last spot on the employment chart of the 50 states.
It is in places like West Virginia, where an embattled and desperate workforce eagerly participate in paying this tax in hopes of defying the cruel odds being dangled before them by a snake-charming government – odds that reveal the same individuals who play the lottery are more likely to get struck by lightning 292 times than to win the “Jackpot.”
Undeterred, this past week, millions of American taxpayers heeded the hypnotic call of their government’s marketing geniuses – lining up to turn their hard earned money over to the politicians in their state governments thanks to a common psychological phenomenon described by the Montana Lottery as “jackpot fever.”
This nationwide trance compels millions of otherwise rational and proper thinking individuals to gladly give millions of dollars to the government each time the jackpot level exceeds $200-million. “High jackpot that drives sales increases appears to occur more at the $400 million level, stated the Montana Lottery report, adding, “Players are waiting for that astronomical number to appear to play…”
Fortunately for the governments of the many states, these “players” were unable to guess the correct numbers and therefore the liability to payout the huge “jackpot” promised by the politicians was voided Saturday night.
Collections for this week’s voluntary tax aimed at individuals incapable of understanding statistics are already being collected at your local gas station and supermarket.
Even better news for the government: once a winner is finally chosen from the multitudes of plebes lined up in GoMarts and Seven Elevens across the country, the full advertised jackpot presently being promised by the government will only be a fraction of what they claim it will be! You see, after the winning individual has paid his disproportionate tax for being poor (purchasing the ticket), he will then be forced to pay a disproportionate tax for being extraordinarily wealthy… For the government, there is a disproportionate tax for everything and everyone it seems and no where is this more apparent than when it comes to the lottery.
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