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.”