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PecosPete.38 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:52 PM
John: Re gambling....case in point. Our casinos here in La. are supposed to fork over huge bucks to help improve roads. Our casinos are jammed constantly. The flow of money into those slots is so loud you have to wear ear protectors to even go in there. Seriously! Yet Louisiana's roads remain hideous year after year after year of all this windfall. Go figure.
3129 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:47 PM
I guess your roads are just as important as your levies. If the government spent more money on roads, there would be less of it for them to steal. Viva la revolucion. Impeach Obama and Reid for malfeasance.
ericynot Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:08 PM
Pete, thought you were moving to Texas.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:02 PM
So it may be the typical outcome that your local government has decided that the money they used to fork over for roads is now being used for another purpose. Probably one you would not approve of.

Otherwise, your taxes would have gone down considerably when casinos started footing the road repair bill.

I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!"

Well, it can.

So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that.

After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos flourish, and most...