Brummett todays dispenses with the vexing legal argument that Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's lottery amendment could open a box full of gambling pandoras.
Speaking as one of the left-wing pundits he references, I remain ambivalent about the lottery. If it's passed, I'll play. I don't begrudge -- or feel it's my place to vote no to prevent -- the expenditures by people who can't afford the sucker bets. WLR is full of people who can't afford their houses and bass boats, etc. Let them spend. I believe the lottery benefits will largely be enjoyed, as is the case in other lottery-for-college states, by middle class and up people already headed to college. I believe the gambling will provide a false sense of fulfillment on the part of legislators toward meeting higher education needs. I believe it will require, over time, more gimmicks, more marketing, more gambling options to continue to provide a reliable level of revenue.
But .... everybody else is doing it.
It will pass.