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Michael Medved

Making Lives Worse

The state of Oregon makes staggering profits by urging citizens to squander their money on Powerball, Megabucks, scratch tickets, Keno and especially, video machines. Those machines provide 86% of the state's gambling revenue, and The Oregonian cites shocking studies showing "the biggest chunk of video-lottery players park in front of a machine and gamble alone until all their money is gone."

These problem gamblers ruin their lives with their addiction, while state government makes a net profit of more than $850 million each year-averaging more than $500 from each Oregon household.

Conservatives understand that government will often fail when it tries to encourage virtue, but it can prove ruthlessly effective at promoting self-destructive vice. We can't count on bureaucrats to make our lives better but that doesn't give them the right to make our lives worse.

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