Online Gambling a Way to rip off the Poor

Online Gambling a Way to rip off the Poor

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Gambling could be an income generating activity for many but Leonard Stern sees it as a vice that encourages laziness and exploitation of the poor. The first major detail in Stern’s article stresses that gambling is both unacceptable and useful at the same time. Hence, a gambler can waste your time at a filling station because he wants to buy lottery cards. However, several national governments benefit when they collect revenue from gamblers. Therefore, Stern feels that he should also encourage gamblers in his hometown to continue gambling. This way, he will be able to receive all the government benefits that result from gambling taxes. The second detail that Stern emphasizes is that the government should not encourage gambling using the fantasies that fuel gambling. This is because by doing so, the government is supporting a morally repugnant practice as well as poverty. Stern makes a solid argument here. Like Stern, I agree that gambling is both morally repugnant and a way to rip off the poor. However, the third major detail in Stern’s article is that he thinks he should encourage people to gamble so that he can continue receiving government benefits. One should decide on his or her own terms whether he should practice gambling. Hence, unlike Stern, I believe that community leaders should try and advice their children against gambling because it encourages laziness. Also, the government should accept that many gamblers are poor and thus discourage gambling because it contributes negatively to a country’s level of poverty. The essence of the government is to create laws and regulations that can help control gambling activities. It should do so if it wishes to commence an end to poverty. Likewise, people should take it upon themselves to eradicate the vice.