Hey, they could always raise taxes and forgo gaming revenue. Seriously, though,
that's not going to happen because in todays' political climate
it's career suicide, and this is just an article in support of a religious
opposition to gaming anyway.
Gambling is a form of entertainment for those who are bad at math.
I have no problem with Mr. Blankenhorn being opposed to casino gaming, but I do
find fault with his pronouncement that the majority of the gaming win comes from
compulsive gamblers. Compulsive personalities exist in individuals who become
alcoholics, 3 pack a day smokers, shoppers; and a person with these tendencies
often has multiple compulsions. Casino gaming generally appeal to higher income
individuals, who usually have to travel to a gaming establishment to
participate. It's OK to be against casino development, but oppose it with
established facts, not inaccuracies that are intended to make your argument
Mr. Blankenhorn states that " a large part of this betting would have to
come from persons who can't afford to loose", but his real target here
should by NY's State Lottery, that has multiple outlets in every NY
community; and where the highest per capita spending tends to be in lower income
neighborhoods. It reminds me of a reprehensible Illinois Lottery billboard that
highlighted "Your Ticket Out". Out of what? Theslums!! There are
many commodities or activities, in the US today, that are harmful to our
citizens; among them sodas, cigarettes, liquor, but free choice prevails, and we
are legally allowed to partake. And casino gaming is a voluntary tax, at an
exceptionally high level, that is providing a disproportionate level of state
income. Let's let the voters decide, and provide the cash to the
government, not the mob.
Whenever a locale legalizes gambling, organized crime follows.
Gaming is the most regressive tax scheme in America. Liberals and conservatives
alike, perhaps for different reasons, should avoid the temptation to profit from
those least able to afford it. Facetiously calling it a sin tax dodges the
There is only one truth in the response to these 'we hate gambling'
stories. That truth is that there is a difference between the words
'lose' and 'loose'. And that we don't know it. If
gambling is a regressive tax, may we someday spend the revenue on education.