I have studied and lived with this issue for many decades and the more I see the effects of “recreational gambling,” the more I conclude that its negative consequences far outweigh any positive benefit that may come from it.
First of all, in order for anyone to “win,” millions of people must lose.
And most often, those who lose have little to begin with in the first place. Grocery money, rent money, school supply money and other “local business” money all gets spent at the cost of children and families.
Gambling also encourages a “something for (almost) nothing” attitude.
People begin to rely on “chance,” “luck” or
some other force to control their lives, but it certainly is not God or Jesus Christ.
And it’s been conclusively shown that Gambling is a very addictive activity, leading many people to get caught in a downward spiral that devastates families and friends alike.
Finally, these four particular propositions constitute a
“sweetheart deal” that unfairly benefits four tribes at the cost of
other tribes in our state and makes unfair changes in labor, safety and
environmental laws as well.
Plus they institute more lenient oversight regulations than we presently have.
In light of all this, I urge you to vote NO on
Propositions 94, 95, 96 & 97 – re: “…Indian Gambling Compacts.”