Open line: Plus, Pat Hays rips Obama on VA; the Arkansas lottery plans for 'quick draw' | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Open line: Plus, Pat Hays rips Obama on VA; the Arkansas lottery plans for 'quick draw'

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

LET'S GAMBLE: Lottery forges ahead with quick draw plans.
  • LET'S GAMBLE: Lottery forges ahead with quick draw plans.

Here's an open line.

UPDATE:

* NOBAMA: 2nd District Democratic candidate Pat Hays joined other Democrats today in saying President Obama had not responded strongly enough to problems in the VA medical system. He wants VA boss Eric Shinseki sacked. He gets national attention for saying Obama "should have demanded his resignation." Getting a feel yet for where this race is heading? They won't be stringing Obama around Pat Hays' neck.

* THE LOTTERY: Despite opposition from the legislature, the Arkansas Lottery seems intent  on moving ahead with a "quick draw" game — casino-style action in convenience stores and pubs and increased advertising to do something about the already declining numbers of a game that had matured almost before it started in Arkansas. A showdown is coming. The legislature, despite its growing belief that it constitutes all three branches of government, can't dictate policy to an executive agency. But it CAN strangle its budget. So there's that. The lottery wants to start fast action in September. Constitutional crisis coming?

What do I think? Glad you asked. We came late to the lottery. We're learning a lesson others learned long before us. There's no such thing as a little bit of gambling. There's no such thing as a little bit pregnant. You have sex, difficult consequences can follow. I never liked paying for public benefits through vice and weakness, particularly when we know those least able to afford gambling are paying — more than ever — for kids from advantaged families to go to college.

On the other hand: Why punish the Arkansas lottery while we give monopoly casinos under a legal ruse to the horse track in Hot Springs and the dog parlor in West Memphis (dog racing, don't get me started). 

I admire Bishop Woosley at the lottery for soldiering on.

I think we should become the U.S. Monaco, to tell the truth. Legalized casino gambling, operated by the state, with all the substantial profits going to public causes, particularly the needy. What do you bet Charlie Cella and the Jacobs family (the dog boys) would employ one or three thousand lobbyists to stop that?

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