Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lottery Cap Outrage


Capping lottery winnings for those on assistance? Ok, let me start off by saying that I’m not one to blurb about politics, quite frankly…I don’t always understand the issues well enough to discuss but, since this aired on the news today I have had an itch to express my opinion on the matter.

Stacey Campfield, a state representative in Knoxville, TN. has proposed an ignorant (In my honest opinion) bill to cap lottery winnings to $600 for those receiving any type of assistance. Is he serious?! Unfortunately, he is utterly serious in his proposal.

While I can understand the statement of “If you have to rely on the government for life's necessities then you don't need to be throwing it away on the lottery” I don’t agree with the cap on winnings. I also feel that purchasing a lottery ticket every now and then in hopes of attaining a dream no matter how far that dream might be from reality shouldn’t be a problem, especially if some of the citizens happen to work for a living and just need a little hand up.

Mr. Campfield would like any winnings over $600 to be placed back into the state funding if a resident on assistance (any type, I’d like to point out) should win. Is he out of his mind? Let’s just say that someone happened to be on food stamps and walked into the corner store to purchase a $2 power ball ticket. Numbers come up and wham! They just scored $50 million dollars, a dream come true! So, they should lose out on that chance to become, solely independent without the help of any government assistance and should continue receiving aid while spending only $600 of what they really won?

Come on now, Mr. Campfield! Use your head for a moment, wouldn’t you like to see these residents grow and resign from public assistance or do you like treating them like they are nothing and take what rightfully belonged to them so that they could continue living off of the government? Apparently, I'm not the only one who is furious over this proposed bill, read the news link for more information. This doesn’t have an impact on myself but, I’m still outraged. Narrow-minded, judgemental, and stereotyping people is a pet peeve of mine, especially by those who have never found themselves in certain circumstances.



TN Lottery Cap-Fox News
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/040909_Tennessee_Lottery_Cap_Proposal_Receives_Tough_Criticism

3 comments:

Jill of All Trades on April 10, 2009 at 9:08 AM said...

I am so with you here!

elliej on April 10, 2009 at 3:50 PM said...

It's ridiculous. He seriously can't expect people on assistance to give back any money they win over $600.00, when they have struggled their whole lives. Can you imagine winning even a million dollars and not be able to keep it. That man it's NUTS.

Joy on April 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM said...

I too am vehemently against that bill. Just another way the government wants to put their paws all over its citizens' private lives.

 

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