Friday, November 16

It's time to vote no on slots again

"Guam's Supreme Court has ordered that an initiative to legalize the use of gambling slot machines at the island's dog racing track be placed on an upcoming special election ballot..."

No SlotsChip, chip, chip. This is the issue that just won't go away. And each time there is an election the gaming industry gets a few more votes -- encouraging them to try one more time. Eventually they'll probably get their way -- unless we present them with a dramatic defeat.

They offer an economic short-cut in a culture that values short-cuts and entitlement. The unspoken but clear message is that if we build gambling into the fabric of the island's economy then we won't have to develop a real economy -- an economy built on solid education, creativity, ingenuity, capitalization, and labor.

Dangling slots and the sirens of gambling-based prosperity are red herrings distracting us from the hard work of solid entrepreneurial development and initiative. But the reality is that Guam already has too many dependency issues.

It's time to vote no on slots again -- this time dramatically.


donnjohnson said...

After watching gambling addict the economies of Michicgan, Minnesota and now California, I echo and bless your concern. There is no positive social or economic outcome of that industry. It breeds dependence preying upon addiction off of those least able to afford it. It ends up being a negative regressive tax over the decades.

therealkimaliczi said...

Let's not forget Connecticut as well! Two towering (and booming) casinos on two separate reservations in Ledyard and Montville, with other tribes lining up trying to open up their own gambling enterprises.

Casinos can be beautiful places, but the sadness is palpable as soon as you enter the door.