Alberta's Wildrose party proposes lottery to fund NHL arenas
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01-04-2013, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by
Buck Aki Berg
You could say that about anything. Hell, the mere existence of the Flames and Oilers means that the money that Albertans spend on hockey tickets is money that they can't donate to hospitals and other charitable organizations. Should the Flames and Oilers just relocate to Alabama for the good of hospitals across the country?
Your argument makes no sense. Hospitals aren't funded by private donations, they're funded by taxes and other sources of government revenue.
Private citizens like us are free to spend our cash however we want, including on frivolous things like hockey games and ipods - though we have a strong incentive to spend our money wisely. Governments are mandated to spend our money wisely.
My point is that adding more gambling machines isn't "free money" as is being implied by the Wildrose. Spending new gambling revenues on a hockey arena is equivalent to spending ordinary tax dollars on one. Therefore it's not immune to scrutiny.
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