The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Craps Game in New Yorkes

In the play Guys and Dolls, Nathan Detroit runs a floating craps game. Players play, passing money back and forth as they win or lose. Nathan Detroit doesn’t play – but he gets a cut of every pot.

The government does the same thing. Cash for clunkers took money from the poor, and gave it to the wealthy.  As Jason Kuznicki writes over at ordinary gentlemen :

It gave wealth to those already relatively wealthy people who did the government’s bidding (that is, those who could afford to part with a used car and buy a new one). And now it’s taking wealth from those relatively poor people who need a used car today — in the form of higher prices.

Now, this is an unusual Modus Operandi of the Federal Government. Credit Card Reform, for example, outlawed high fees on credit cards that were normally given to high risk debtors – generally the poor.   So, the Credit Card companies immediately raised rates for all the other cards.  Those who were good credit risks (wealthier Americans) now pay more.

Health Care, Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security – they all work this way.  The government takes from the rich, gives to the poor, and keeps a ‘small’ percentage for itself along the way.  And for anyone who has ever tried to get into this game, you know that the process has its own rules, and the results are often absolutely unpredictable.**

Playing the Government Largesse game is a lot like a game of Craps : There are complicated rules, you don’t know whether you win or lose until you play, you can either win or lose a lot of a little, the dice may be loaded for or against you, and of course, the government always takes their cut.

The federal Government : The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Craps Game in New York.

**Do you qualify for aid?  Well, are you over 30 a non smoker, married with two kids and for guinea pigs?  No?  Well, perhaps you are blind, between the ages of 47 and 55, with an annual income of not more than $47,332?  (Ages 42-57 for those who live in Alaska or Rhode Island)  Not that either, huh.  Perhaps you work at least 50 hours a week and have been employed for at least 17 months while living with your best friends Aunt Muriel, and you are a Native American who is diabetic and has been to see Ringling Brothers in the last 7 years.  You are?  And do you sleep on your side or your back?  Oh, I’m sorry, you needed to sleep on your side.  You don’t qualify.  Unless, you once shook hands with the Henry Fonda.  You did?  Oh, then here’s your money!

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