"That was what the politicians were saying when they were proposing and promoting the...(add your own whatever)
I just had a brainstorm--with all of the reforms sweeping the nation how about this:
To every ballot in every state add a choice of "ELEMENATE THIS OFFICE' for each and every office voted upon. Maybe we could, at last, vote them out of office.
That's what Ma Richards promised
Tax revenues are fungible. When you introduce a lottery to fund education, the property/income/sales tax revenues that were previously used for education are replaced by the lottery money. The level of funding doesn't go up. It remains level and the property/income/sales tax revenues get diverted to different pet projects that the politicians really wanted to fund with a tax increase. The lottery is a voluntary tax on fools who expect to win.
Eventually, the lottery isn't enough and the politicians return to raise property/income/sales taxes to fund the insatiable appetite of the teacher's union.