"We are not entitled to it."

It's worth remembering every now and then how lucky we are that bureaucrats can be hopelessly inept. Glen Whitman provides a case in point:

South Euclid city officials were stunned to learn that they can't collect $1.4 million in income taxes from the winning Mega Millions ticket since the city charter wasn't updated to include lottery winnings as taxable income.

"It's not a good day for the city," Mayor Georgine Welo said Monday. "We were all excited until we went to go for the money and learned that we are not entitled to it. We are very saddened by the news."

You are never "entitled" to other people's money, Mr. Taxman.

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