Kiddie crap-shooters to the rescue

A recent column on the absurdity of lowering the legalized gambling age in an effort to raise tax revenue generated my favorite letter of the week from longitme Las Vegan Thom Pruitt, who got into the spirit of the satire.

Pruitt writes: "While we are at it, let’s have a birth tax on all newborns; so they can show some appreciation for Nevada letting them come into this mess.

  "Also, we could have an incrementally increasing tax on everyone on their birthdays from ages 1-21.  This obligation would accumlate in a holding account until a child reaches the gambling age of 12.

  "Upon their 12th birthday each child will play one hand of blackjack or have one roll of the dice.  If a person wins, their education (K-16) will be paid for by the state. If they lose, the tax will continue to accumulate until age 21; at which time the entire amount will be due and payable to the state.

  "This way, they they will quickly learn the pros and cons of what gambling is all about."

  Careful, Thom, or some legislator will take you seriously.

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