…regarding casinos. The results of the last referendum have caused me to rethink my position regarding casinos. I now favor them…but only if there is one in every county of Iowa. Several factors went into this change of heart. The vast quantity of filthy lucre clouded the minds of civic leaders who would normally make sound judgements…well, relatively speaking. Spreading this “civic benefit” to all counties would reduce the temptation to sell our souls to mammon. It would also allow each county to reap the benefit of the associated low paying housekeeping and waitressing jobs required for the hotel rooms and restaurant. There are already jobs not filled in Cedar Rapids in these areas now. Spreading these around would make the job fullfillment easier for the casino HR departments.
You may have noticed this recent news story regarding a fatal bus crash in Texas http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/irving-texas-bus-crash_n_3061311.html . This was a tour bus of elderly people on the way to a casino to lose their retirement savings. Were the casinos closer there would be no need for these dangerous charter coaches. To paraphrase our leader…if it would save the life of just one old geezer it would be worth it.
The primary reason this is a good idea regards the redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich. If this were being done in each county it would reduce the size of the pie being cut. The gap between the haves and the have-nots would be smaller. President Obama may not know jack about managing the economy and his foreign policy is a disaster (don’t get me going on war crimes vis-a-vis the indiscriminate use of drones…that is another story) but his experience as a community organizer lends weight when he says “The social costs of gambling, in low income communities, could be devastating.” The demand that will fall on local food pantries and social services will be smoothed out if distributed to all Iowa counties.
The people have spoken…I gotta go.