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They Are Gambling With Our Future

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: They Are Gambling With Our Future
From Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:00 am to Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:59 am (included)
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As the economy continues to falter and budget deficits continue to swell more and more states are pursuing legalized gambling as a way to generate revenues.

At last count there are 38 states that now support some type of state sponsored gambling.

To the government this looks like a quick fix to the budget crisis.

Unfortunately they are gambling with our future.

Studies have shown that more people are gambling than ever before.

And as the economy gets worse we will only see these numbers grow. (see below)

As people look for that quick score to pay the bills.

People who cannot afford it particularly seniors are getting caught up in the "Dollar and a Dream" hype and are now spending grocery money on scratch off or trips to casinos.

More of our children watch the World Series of Poker than the World Series.

World Series games don't start until almost 9:00 PM and don't end until after midnight while gambling shows are on around the clock on multiple channels.

And it is only going to get worse.

As the Governor looks to expand slot machines at local race tracks and LOTTO spends millions on new ad campaigns more and more people are losing their savings and in some cases even their homes.

Many have already lost their retirement plans thanks to our friends on Wall Street and are now looking to gambling as a bailout.

This is the worse possible time for the government to be expanding its gambling operations.

But as usual they will not be able to pass up a quick fix with no regard for the future.

Awhile back we asked our local electeds to support an effort to at least stop state sponsored advertising for gambling (see below)

But none of them even considered it.

Don't you think that the millions spent on the "Little Bit of Luck" and other ads could be put to better use?

Obviously they do not think so.

So they will continue to try to draw more people in to inflate their short term revenues as they continue to spend more and more on advertising and administrative costs.

Just like they did with OTB. (see below)

As they continue to gamble with our future.






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