Legalizing something harmful never eliminates the harm. It just changes the legal consequences and usually for those who produce, promote and in other ways profit financially from the “legalized” substance or activity with very little to no regard for the negative impact on individuals or society-at-large. Dianne M. Berlin
“But, most times, legal gambling is oversold by states and that can lead to disappointment. The fact is, revenues from legal gambling will never be large enough to solve a social problem.” I. Nelson Rose (Please note that Nelson Rose has been a huge influence in spreading and not preventing legalized gambling. It is time for legislators finally realize that enabling gambling has been a bust.)
GAMBLING IS THE ONLY CAUSE OF GAMBLING PROBLEMS and PROBLEM GAMBLING IS NOT THE ONLY GAMBLING PROBLEM.
Police talk about problem gambling from their perspective. All of us need to be talking and acting on GAMBLING PROBLEMS!! Government needs to STOP ENABLING GAMBLING!!
Charlie Rose interviews Steve Wynn:
REPORT re GAMBLING RESEARCH
6000 MINI-CASINOS IN BARS HB1098 2013-14 Session has become Act 90
Let the invasive fleecing begin!! It looks like the so-called “social” clubs, bars and restaurants want machines. Check Oversight Committee link for hearings.
(Note: Vice seems to be a priority for this session too!)
Click on the bill link and check text above the bill for the whole bill and on votes to see how your elected officials voted.“I cannot find much civic good in state-sponsored gambling. What is bad about it? It produces no product, no new wealth, and so it makesno genuine contribution to economic development.”
Jack R. Van Der Slik, director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center, Sangamon State University and co-author of Lawmaking in Illinois in “The Rostrum” March 1990/Illinois Issues/31
“According to Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Samuelson, it is basic economics that: ‘[Gambling] involves simply sterile transfers ofmoney or goods between individuals, creating no new money or goods. Although it creates output, gambling does nevertheless absorb time and resources. When pursued beyond the limits of recreation, where the main purpose after all is to “kill” time, gambling subtracts from the national income.”
U.S. National Security and the Strategic Economic Base: The Business/Economic Impacts of the Legalization of Gambling Activities.” John Warren Kindt, St. Louis University Law journal, Vol 39, No 2 (Winter 1995) Quoting Paul A. Samuelson, Economics 425 (10th Ed. 1976). See Also, “Legalized Gambling Activities As Subsidies By Taxpayers”, John Warren Kindt, Arkansas Law Review, Vol 48, No. 4, 1995 and “The Economic Impacts of Legalized Gambling Activities”, John Warren Kindt, Drake Law Review.