Every once in a while we confront an issue that’s more than just politics. That’s a real moral dilemma.
Like today. The moral dilemma is not whether to arm the Libyan rebels. Or shut down the government.
It’s this: You’re a member of the weekly lottery office pool. Everybody throws in five bucks a week. But one week, one guy decides not to participate. And that’s the week you score big – winning $319 million.
Here’s the moral dilemma: What do you do? Count the guy in, because he was part of the team, except for that one week? Or count him out, because he made a dumb decision not to play that week?
These are the times that try men’s souls!
I’m not making this up. This actually happened to eight state employees in Albany, New York – seven of whom will split $319 million in lottery winnings. While #8 blew his chance at $16 million, after taxes.
Now, I don’t know about you, but – I’d vote to keep the loser in the pool and split the money 8 ways, not seven. Because, in the end, whether it’s $19 million or $16 million, it’s still more money than I’d otherwise see in my lifetime.
Am I just being a bleeding-heart liberal?
That’s my parting shot for today.