Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Casino Gambling Round III
Casino Gambling Round III
Just when you thought it was safe to talk about real
education reform theyre back the casino people that is.
The direction is toward casino gambling. The Ohio General
Assembly is now considering two major gambling measures that would help open casinos in
this state. The first is the Governors proposal to move Ohio into partnership with
the multi-state Powerball Lottery. The second is changing our laws to permit video slot
machines in all of Ohios racetracks.
Both ideas are being sold as a way to raise money for the
state and in particular to help education. Both ideas have strong lobbying allies in the
gambling industry. Both ideas will take Ohio two big steps in the direction of legalized
casinos throughout the state perhaps in your backyard.
The casino industry wrote the book on the political
strategy known as incrementalism. Others call it baby-stepping.
They soften up voters with the super-lottery. Then they put in the instant games. Then
they bring in the Powerball connection. Then they move in the video slots in racetracks.
And finallywhen so many people are hooked or politically compromised, or financially
dependent they bring in the casinos.
Its all part of one of the biggest scams in history
and its playing out right now at your state capitol. Are you ready to see Ohio move closer
to casino gambling? Or are you one of the vast majority of citizens that voted against
casinos in 1990 and 1996?
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