A virtuous nation cannot tolerate a state owned revenue raising program that operates on the premise of encouraging its citizens to take bad risks. In other words, when the mechanism providing the public benefit is a private loss, the process becomes ignoble. Gambling further twists the excellence of capitalism by providing the greatest reward to those taking no risk (the non-gambling public) while penalizing the individual gambler who takes the biggest risk.
Our country was built upon the strong and industrious backs of men and women who worked hard for every dollar they earned. When risk was required, it was measured by the calculations of supply and demand, not the roll of a marble on a roulette table. And when the legislature called for a percentage of those private funds to be transferred to the state for public benefit, it did so in a way that did not knowingly create pathological addiction, personal bankruptcy and broken families.
In the end, state endorsed and owned casinos violate the compact of trust between the government and the governed. Worse yet, they run contrary to the hard work and smart choices that are woven into the fabric of our American heritage.
And as my grandpa would probably say, â€śthat just donâ€™t smell right.â€ť