In my home state of Connecticut, there’s a big debate over the construction of new casinos. Those for it say that there are tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue to be had. Those against it say, correctly, that a casino contributes to the deterioration of society.
A casino’s business model is simple: A person walks in with $100 and walks out with $50. With nothing to show for it. A casino is is a tax on stupidity. Some walk in with $100 and walk out with a couple thousand… just to keep the patsies coming.
The problem is that the government already makes way too much from all its various taxes on stupidity. Whenever people buy alcohol, smoke cigarettes, elect Democrats or gamble, the government grabs more stupid money.
There should be no business whose sole means of making money is to take it from stupid people without giving them something in return. That there are chumps out there doesn’t excuse the casinos’ taking advantage of them.
The “For’s” say: “But think of all the jobs!”
Tell me, pray tell, when the inevitable downturn comes around, where do these people work after they’re laid off? Precisely what actually marketable skills do these casino employees learn on the job?
However, this is America. People have the right and freedom to be stupid, and they should not be penalized for it. Stupidity is its own penalty. It’s perfectly adequate penalty. Furthermore, it’s deeply immoral for the government to tax stupidity; to profit from the misfortune of its people. Absent principled people speaking out against it, how do the stupid protect themselves?
So, you can prevent the casinos at the town level. The town can say they don’t want the parasitical, degrading thing that is a casino anywhere near them.
Casinos? Count me as against ’em.