Gambling is to be the 'scourge de jour' for the next week or two? Just
arranged my next trip to Vegas. Now you've got me wanting to go sooner.
Gaming in Illinois has been an interesting progression. At first it was
controlled by riverboats. The boat would take on passengers, then take up the
ramp and float ten feet from shore for two hours. The passengers would
disembark and a new batch of gamblers would come aboard.Well, that was
silly. So the boats just stayed at the riverbank.Then they allowed
land-based casinos.Now, they've allowed a few more.The sites
used to be reserved for blighted communities as a source of local tax revenue. A
sort of welfare or boost to older towns.But a few licenses became a few
more, which caused the early towns to lose revenue share. Towns are now
competing for finite gambling dollars.And a Chicago casino looms in the
future.To be fair, these casinos in blighted areas have NOT contributed to
the decay. They've brought in money and supported local groups with grants.
The pawn shops and cat houses never came.But in the end they didn't
save the towns either.
Gaming is the most regressive tax in America. That it is "honored" is a
strange inversion of political philosophy.
People should be free to gamble. someone call Beck this sounds like a nanny
Gaming is a sad business.Supported by Big Money and Big Gov't
alike. It gains support from some Republicans and some Democrats. As this
article claims, people with less money spend a lot at the casinos and even more
likely at the gas stations lottery tickets. If true, it is is systematically
keeping these people in poverty. THus a need for more welfare and more
gov't support. Needing more revenue our gov'ts rely more and more on
the taxes and other revenue sources (including the lottery $ which makes it even
harder and harder to get rid of it, like an addictive drug, they more you use
it, the more negative side effects and the more you need it). The casino even
employs workers at marginal wages and even many of their employees are kept in
the system as they live from paycheck to paycheck.
Any addiction negatively affects the families of the addicted. But most
addictions are not state supported or advertised. Watched my brother-in-law
gamble away his paycheck and leave his wife and children without grocery or rent
money. He never has quit gambling and the family suffers still. Gambling
should be recognized as a major financial and social drain on our society and
all state support stopped.