Gambling is a scourge. It is addictive. I have seen it ruin
families when one spouse cannot control it and the rest of the family suffers
serious financial hardships because of his/her habit. I always
wonder why people go for gambling, especially organized gambling. The odds are
always calculated and set to be in favor of the house. Sure, you may win now
and then, but with the odds stacked, in the long run, you lose. Make no mistake, organized gambling is a business, with profit margins,
marketing, return on investment, etc. Those casinos in Las Vegas were not
built, and do not stay open, by losing money in a game of *chance*. They make
a hefty profit. Neither do they pay the electric bills for those massive
lighted signs by giving away free money. To think one will go get something for
nothing by gambling is unrealistic.
"I think that defines who we and what we are as a state"So
much for individual freedom. This comment is very telling how some people want
state intrusion in our personal lives. These are big-brother, big-government
supporters.Conservatives in name only.
This story leaves out the fact that the bill recruits ISPs to spy on your
internet traffic, to make sure you are behaving. That's a rather important piece
of information you may want to report on.
If I've heard the legislature correctly for years and years is that we need less
government in our lives. I guess that is until we need more government in our
lives, right? Why doesn't their beloved "free market" get to decide
if casinos will be profitable in Utah and on Indian Reservations in Utah?