Do state governments have a gambling ...

Do state governments have a gambling addiction?

There are 3 comments on the Christian Science Monitor story from Jul 17, 2010, titled Do state governments have a gambling addiction?. In it, Christian Science Monitor reports that:

New England, settled by Puritans centuries ago, has gambling fever. Several states are grappling with efforts to expand gambling and harvest the resulting tax revenue.The Massachusetts legislature is hammering out details of a bill to bring two or three resort-style casinos to the state to supplement its lottery and racetrack betting parlors.

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Ross Wolf

United States

#1 Jul 24, 2010
Government Blind To collateral Economic Damage / Social Demoralization Cause By Gambling.

It is a bad bet for local communities and states to rely on gaming to pay their bureaucrats’ salaries and budget deficits. I know, because I live in Nevada. Casinos can prove to be a net financial and motivational loss to communities; gambling losses do not contribute to local community businesses, do not create well paying jobs; gambling profits go to casino owners, which many live far away. Few people win, most that lose—can’t afford it and lose repeatedly. Gambling casinos/and slot-parlors once established in a community amplify people’s gambling and other weaknesses, reinforce failure thwarting Citizens’ motivation to do things productive. States and local communities that believe gambling will provide tax revenues may be blind to the obvious collateral economic damage and resulting social demoralization gambling can cause a community e.g., gambling addiction, more foreclosures, increased crime and divorce; gambling establishments take dollars away from strapped local businesses causing layoffs and business closures. Most often casinos are followed by, fast check operators charging huge interests and pawnshops.

Las Vegas residents are not only trapped on a sinking ship, each passing month they can see further signs of encroaching economic ruin. Perhaps contributing to the demise of Las Vegas is negative energy that inundates local and Valley residents. Many residents are victims of their state economy dependent on Citizens “losing” their money to pay its budget. That negative energy permeates Las Vegas and it is hard to getaway from. It may appear impossible to find a place to go in Las Vegas that isn’t proliferated with slot machines and alcohol. During good times Nevada made little effort to create non-gambling places for families. Children not involved in sports have limited options, perhaps contributing to Nevada’s serious youth drug problem. Despite 40 other states legalizing casino forms of gambling over the last two decades, Nevada did almost nothing to attract non-gaming businesses and industries to employ its residents year-round. It would appear there are already too many Las Vegas casinos and foreseeable because of casinos’ high operating costs, many at some point will fail. If Nevada were to impose a state income tax, no doubt people with money would leave the state quickly.

Leave it to Rep. Barney Frank to introduce a bill that will destroy the lives of countless Americans. Barney Frank’s recently submitted a bill that effectively legalizes and regulates online casino gambling nationally. There has been little discussion in the press or from affected labor unions in Nevada how much legalization of Internet gambling may increase Nevada’s unemployment now 14% or higher. After Barney Frank’s bill is passed, any private home in American with a computer has the potential of becoming a 24/7 Casino. Players at home need only a credit card to gamble their life away. They won’t have to drive anywhere to gamble. It would seem any further drop in Nevada gaming revenues caused by national legalized online gambling will further balloon Nevada’s budget shortfall. Nevada Legislators need to consider the long-term impact legalized online gambling will have on Nevada employment. Online casinos don’t need to employ culinary, casino, hotel food severs, bartenders, bellhops or card dealers; or need pay much employee insurance. While casinos in or near large populated cities on the East Coast may not have to layoff off workers, Nevada is way out in the desert.
use-R-lose

Dayton, OH

#2 Jul 24, 2010
If the state doesn't get the money from persons that have a desirer to use it in a fashion other than what you might think is right; then, the same persons would spend that same money in another fashion that you may not approve yielding nothing to the state. Drugs, sex, wall street and organize crimes in all types and industries. So, if the stare regulates it there is a possible chance that the pay off and the procedures will be control and fair. It is now up to the people to control themselves, the operations, earn a profit and think.
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use-R-lose

Dayton, OH

#3 Jul 24, 2010
Economic Damage / Social Demoralization is caused by people who have no hope as a result of poor leadership.
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