Casinos? Not to worry | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Casinos? Not to worry

Posted By on Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Brummett todays dispenses with the vexing legal argument that Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's lottery amendment could open a box full of gambling pandoras.

Speaking as one of the left-wing pundits he references, I remain ambivalent about the lottery. If it's passed, I'll play. I don't begrudge -- or feel it's my place to vote no to prevent -- the expenditures by people who can't afford the sucker bets. WLR is full of people who can't afford their houses and  bass boats, etc. Let them spend. I believe the lottery benefits will largely be enjoyed, as is the case in other lottery-for-college states, by middle class and up people already headed to college. I believe the gambling will provide a false sense of fulfillment on the part of legislators toward meeting higher education needs. I believe it will require, over time, more gimmicks, more marketing, more gambling options to continue to provide a reliable level of revenue.

But .... everybody else is doing it.

It will pass.

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