S.C.'s poorest residents support the education lottery to their collective detriment
What if the S.C. General Assembly announced a new tax that would be paid primarily by the state's poor and minority citizens? And that the majority of the money raised would not be used to help failing schools or aid students from impoverished backgrounds, but instead be used to provide scholarships to college-bound high school seniors, regardless of their financial needs? To lessen the sting of such a seemingly unfair system of revenue collection, the payment of the tax would be 100 percent voluntary. How enthusiastic would the average South Carolina citizen be for such a plan? If you could rate that enthusiasm on scale of one to zero, I'd say zero, unless the plan also promised participants a one in a 100 million chance of becoming a millionaire.