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Do your homework. Don’t be knee-jerk in favor of casinos. I’m telling you, the arguments against legalizing more gambling in this state are more than compelling. For liberals AND conservatives both. The math doesn’t add up.
If you want a run down on many, many posts on the subject, I suggest you go here. There has been some excellent work by activists and simple folk on BMG alike.
Also, many people may not be aware that the often-neutral League of Women Voters has been against casinos and expanded gambling since the 90s. They are a highly respected organization famed for their excellent issue debates. But they have looked at the facts and have decided that this is not an issue that needs more debate. After studying it carefully, they unequivocally state that casinos are bad for communities, bad for revenue, and very bad policy.
Casinos are a Pandora’s box, folks. Once unleashed, we will never be rid of them. They will remain as a corrupting influence, sucking money out of our economy for the benefit of the big casino interests, for as long as they want to be. This is why proponents do not want an independent study to be done, but is ramming this through without any decent hearing and no studies.
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