Friday, May 19, 2006

Bloggers' Position on Gambling

Most, if not all, of the bloggers in this alliance share similar fiscally conservative, pro-life, pro-marriage values.

I also have a strong opposition to gambling and gambling expansion (because of its social costs). I helped stop an off-track betting facility from coming into my area and did quite a bit of research (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9) on the social costs of gambling and gambling addiction.

In light of this, I was surprised to read at Right Angle Blog that a member of our alliance "has supported having video slot machines at the state’s horse racetracks as an alternative to raising taxes" and is considering lobbying "the Legislature to change Ohio law to allow casinos."

I know I may be opening a can of worms here, but how does Ohio's conservative blogsophere view the issue? Can we be characterized as strongly against gambling, strongly favoring it (except for outliers like me), or split down the middle?

2 comments:

BizzyBlog said...

I don't see why we should provide yet another opportunity for people to screw up their lives on a sliver platter.

I agree that the social costs are understated and the benefits are WAY overstated.

Ask the non-gambling businesses in Lawrenceburg if they have benefitted at all from Argosy, and you'll mostly get negatives. People come to gamble, stay at the casino to gamble, and don't leave the casino while they're gambling. The best you can say is that the gas stations might be getting more business.

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