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Many States Placing Their Bets On Gambling To Balance Budgets

Have they not been gambling enough?

State lawmakers bet gambling can help with budgets
Gambling industry hoping cash-strapped states believe that now's the time to gamble on
Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer
Sunday January 25, 2009, 9:47 pm EST

ATLANTA (AP) -- A tell-tale sign America's chips are down: States are increasingly turning to gambling to plug budget holes.

Proposals to allow or expand slots or casinos are percolating in at least 14 states, tempting legislators and governors at a time when many must decide between cutting services and raising taxes.

Gambling has hard-core detractors in every state, but when the budget-balancing alternatives lawmakers must consider include reducing education funding or lifting sales taxes, resistance is easier to overcome, political analysts said.

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Good. Legalize gambling,

Good.

Legalize gambling, decriminalize pot, legalize prostitution... all parts of the LP platform.

This is exactly the kind of environment that encourages libertarian action.
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My fear with libertarian views is our dumbed down zombies..

in America. With freedom comes responsibility, and education is so important. The government would not come to their rescue should people indulge in gambling, pot smoking, or whoring. They would realize the potential consequences and act according knowing those risks. Can you imagine the typical American in a potential "candy store" of vices like you describe. Scary stuff.

All of these things are

All of these things are indulged in today. The fact that they are illegal has done nothing to stop them. The legality of something usually has little effect on how widespread it is... Supply, meet demand.
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I increasingly realize that libertarianism is the answer.

At least for me. If I'm going to hold my nose and participate in a political party that doesn't truly mesh with my views, it may as well be the Libertarian Party. The Constitution Party is still in its infancy, as far as I'm concerned, and the GOP is totally unacceptable. And there just aren't enough people in this movement who are interested in starting a new party.

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I love the simplicity of libertarianism. I want a simple life.

I hear you about the new party stuff. Even if there were enough interested people, such a movement would be squashed by the MSM, the NeoCons, and big money. The only way to start a third party is by using the second amendment.

The easiest thing to do is

The easiest thing to do is take back the Libertarian Party from the conservatoids. The GOP will never budge ideologically, in my opinion, but the Libertarian Party CAN be taken back to its roots.

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Ya but

not even the gamblers are gambling these days, the casinos are empty

I think it's a great idea.

In fact that's the one "state-controlled industry" I would support--government casinos, like they have in Monaco, that exist to generate revenue (instead of taxes).

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I've been to

I've been to government-owned casinos in Uruguay. I think it's a smart way for governments to raise money, considering how the entire process if voluntary. Uruguay also allows private casinos, so you have a choice where you want to go gambling.

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So true. That would provide some autonomy for the states, not

involving the Fed. government. That could also be a way of introducing local "Hard " currencies such as silver coins rather than chips being used for betting.
The down side is that people need jobs and discretionary funds in order to gamble. Imagine spending your last dollar on gambling hoping to win instead of buying something to eat or worst yet robbing people's money to be used in the slots hoping to hit it big. We're catering to people's vices rather than supporting their inginuity to create new products and technologies.