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Monday and I Didn’t Win.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -No, I didn’t win the Powerball jackpot. Someone one state away did. I can’t complain. I didn’t even play. I was going to. I usually do buy one ticket if a jackpot gets crazy high but I was busy and it slipped my mind. Honestly, I rarely win at anything so I save money and don’t play except the occasional scratch off ticket or, as I said when the jackpots are insane.
On the national news on ABC Sunday night they had a story on how much higher the taxes on the jackpot would be now, WTF? Who would care other than someone like the people at ABC who are in that type of a tax bracket? Believe me, I would cheerfully pay my taxes anyway, my being the bleeding heart liberal that I am and if I were handed that sort of a check from the lottery I would think myself blessed to BE in that lofty bracket, not picked on for being rich.
The lottery is about dreaming. I think it’s a good thing as long as there’s no gambling habit involved. Our lottery in Pennsylvania goes for senior citizen programs and I like that a lot. Dreaming can be great stress reliever. The few times I’ve played I worked out in detail just what I would do with the money. Being me though, I’ve also imagined how that big of a windfall could impact not only my life but those close to me in a negative if not dangerous way. So I find myself with the minority dreamers. Those few that don’t want to win one of those fantastic sums all alone. I’d rather find myself sharing a winning ticket with a group and coming away with just enough to secure a good future for me and mine plus a good hunk for my favorite charities.
I’ve thought this out and I don’t want to drastically change my life. I don’t think most of us want that. I think we just want to be comfortable and secure. To tie that want, into the political situation here in America, I think the Republicans would fare much better if they didn’t project their greed onto the rest of us. Most of us don’t want to be their neighbors. We don’t want to join their country clubs OR marry into their families. We don’t need to collect money for the purpose of collecting it nor do we have a burning in our hearts to one up the millionaire next door. We want what every human being wants. We want enough to be secure. If the neocons in the government would just settle for a bit less and stop turning have – nots, against each other with phony crises and lies from right wing radio and FOX “news” we would all be better off. No one would even think of “storming the castle” as in day of old. They can sit in them and count their millions.
But because we have the indecent greed of men convinced of their genetic superiority and the religious mega-millionaire televangelists using their gospel of prosperity and divisiveness like a pimp putting whores on the street, we have to fight tooth and nail for what should be ours by right. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed us. Well, it’s hard to live if you have no healthcare and liberty is hard to come by if you are stuck in a hole because you have to work several part time low wage jobs. There is no liberty in existing not much differently than an indebted servant and no one can pursue happiness when they are exhausted and continually in fear.
So, maybe next time the lottery jackpot goes that high again I’ll by a ticket. Maybe I’ll even hope to win it all by myself. oh, I’d still do what I plan to do but I think I’ll take the rest and be a BIG FAT THORN in the sides of those nasty, greedy lying holier than thou political critters. Now THAT would be pursuit of happiness!