I love to play blackjack. Love it, love it, love it.
My employers at Jukt Micronics love, love, love to go way out on a limb, putting everything at risk, to try to make money by selling goods and services to grocery stores. They often place "bets" that make my blackjack strategy look rational.
weird little rule mandating that players put an additional chip in a special "dealer" circle prior to every hand. There is no way for the player to come out ahead when playing blackjack in Oklahoma. Not using my strategy, anyway. I'll bet $5.00 to try to win $10.00, but I won't bet $6.00. Therefore, I avoid playing blackjack in Oklahoma.
After all, there are only two things that can happen when using my strategy: I can loose everything, or I can double my money. I'm not going to put my money at risk for the possibility of a less-than optimal payout.
But are they going to continue to take these risks if Washington continues to enforce a greater and greater tax penalty for success?
At some point, they're going to start avoiding risk the way that I avoid Oklahoma casinos. They'll either start playing elsewhere, where the penalties for success are lower, or they'll avoid the game altogether for a few election cycles.
Go here to read an excellent piece from The Cato Institute about the increasing number of people becoming "Tax Traitors". That's Washington's word for them, not mine. I prefer the term "smart gamblers".