In my comment on the listserv, I said that despite the financial collapse, the supporters of predatory gambling in Massachusetts would probably argue that the bankruptcy of slots actually strengthens the need for slots in Massachusetts. I was kidding!
But today Tim Cahill made this precise argument, telling the State House New Service that he thinks exactly that.
(I say apparently because I am not a subscriber and only get the occasional tidbit forwarded to me; maybe SHNS can tell me how to link to their stuff in a way that duly credits them)
So let’s get this straight.
According to Cahill Calculus: economy in toilet = slots in MA. Economy improving = slots in MA. Rhode Island has racinos = slots in MA. Rhode Island racinos go bankrupt = slots in MA.
What’s next? Here’s my guess: “I have heard the call for democracy by the people in Iran,” says Treasurer Cahill, “and the solution, clearly, is slots in Massachusetts.”
Thank you for hitting the nail on the head. That Rhode Island story should slap some sense into this ridiculous joke of an “Economic development” plan. I keep waiting for the grown ups to show up.
Maybe Cahill himself has a thing for slots. Has he ever gone on a hiking trip that was really a trip to Foxwoods?
From my perspective, these are shrewd international investors who have destroyed communities around the world. They don’t give a damn about communities, heritage, Indians, or morals. It’s about the money and nothing more.
p>They invested in the Middleboro deal that was grossly flawed and wouldn’t have succeeded to prevent competition.
p>They wrote a carefully orchestrated script in Rhode Island.
They spent millions keeping Harrah’s out.
They wanted 24/7 gaming. They got 24 hours on weekends and 3 AM closings during the week.
p>What did they get in bankruptcy?
p>Lincoln residents voted “NO” to 24/7 gaming and local control is now gone, lost to international investors because of Rhode Island’s addiction to gaming revenues.
p>Dog racing is now gone, to be approved by a federal bankruptcy judge that could have only been accomplished by an unlikely act of the RI legislature.
p>Next, you’re likely to see a reduction in RI’s percentage, which means that gambling will have to expand to feed the state’s addiction.
p>Since Beacon Hill usually screws things up “better” than anyone else, this does not bode well.
The Legislature included Powerball revenue, but Cahill forgot to tell them the application was rejected.
Don’t tell Tim won’t like it!
p>He will turn independent and the rule the world oops I mean Commonwealth.
p>As Usual just my Opinion