According to some logic out there, if you buy a good voluntarily and some portion of that money goes to the state, then it is a tax. Well, sure that makes sense. Of course, you can avoid the item, but let's forget about that for a moment. I think this raises many good questions, after the break.
Here are some additional taxes that I have discovered.
1. The Durham Library is holding a book sale!!! Imagine that. They are selling books and if you buy them, a percentage of the profits will go to support a government institution!!! Disgusting.
2. McDougle Middle School in Chapel Hill is holding a bake sale!!! They are selling addicting, tasty treats and if you buy them, a percentage of the profits will go to support a government institution!!! Disgusting.
Folks these things just go on and on. Bakes sales, book sales, plant sales, and on and on and on. Taxes, taxes, taxes.
Now, about Wal-Mart. This is a little bit of twisted logic, I'll admit it, but hey, everyone else does it.
You go to Wal-Mart and buy a 200 oz. soda with artificial colors (petroleum) and artificial colors (corn), both of which are subsidied by the federal government. Wal-Mart takes those profits and pays its employees, barely, but it does pay them. Now, according to a report in the New York Times "*A North Carolina hospital found that 31 percent of 1,900 patients who described themselves as Wal-Mart employees were on Medicaid, while an additional 16 percent had no insurance at all*."
So, when you buy a product at Wal-Mart, a portion of your money goes to subsidize the product you purchased and another part goes to pay employees that are covered by Medicaid. Both of these programs are paid for out of tax monies. Therefore, for each dollar you spend at Wal-Mart, a part of that money causes you to be taxed for Medicaid, and subsidies. What is unusual in this case is that you are not taxed directly. When you spend a dollar at Wal-Mart, they don't add on a penny in taxes for Medicaid and subsidies, they have the state do it for them later.
Thus, I think those who believe we should boycott the lottery as a tax should also boycott bake sales, book sales, plant sales, and Wal-Mart.