Sunday, October 19, 2008 – October 27, 2008
Hat Tip: Delusional Duck Maryland Southern Maryland
The Washington Post published an editorial on Sunday, October 19, 2008 that argued “No” to slots in the upcoming referendum to be held in Maryland on November 4th, 2008.
I think this is how I will be voting also. In spite of personal reservations about slots; I believe that I could’ve supported some of the formulations offering slots in Maryland under the previous administration.
At least I could’ve closed my eyes, held my breath, pinched my nose, and pushed the green button.
I happen to be old enough to remember slots and members of my family viewed them as harmless entertainment – and by and large, it was just that.
I never saw the ills that slots created for society and yet as I grew older I began to see that slots are a huge potential for harm to the fabric of the community.
Earlier proposals had more benefits than harms. I liked the revenue for agriculture and education and I certainly liked the jobs creation.
However, the current proposal is not very attractive in that there is not enough upside to the proposal to overcome the downside.
Overlooking for the moment that it places slots in the Maryland constitution where it does not belong; it appears that little of the revenue will go to help agriculture, or more specifically, the horse industry; way too little goes to education and too much goes to the general revenue fund coffers of Maryland state government.
Maryland state government already has a pathological spending addiction and the current legislation only fuels the problem as opposed to what a dedicated fund for ag and education would provide.
And there’s the rub.
Anyway, the Washington Post says: No on Maryland Slots:
Voters should oppose a referendum that would bring the machines -- and a host of maladies -- back to the state.
Sunday, October 19, 2008; B06
ON JULY 1, 1968, the last slot machines were wheeled out of the taverns and diners that dotted a stretch of Southern Maryland known as Little Vegas. Maryland banned the machines because they fostered crime and corruption and drained money from the poor. In the 40 years since, the lever on the side of the machine has given way to a button on the front, but the scourges ushered in by slots are the same.
Supporters of a Nov. 4 referendum that would restore slots to Maryland paper over these memories with dollar bills. Slots, they promise, will plug Maryland's $430 million budget gap, revive the faltering horse-racing industry and inject needed cash into schools. Marylanders shouldn't fall for this neon mirage.
Maryland had the good sense to rid itself of the machines 40 years ago, and voters should continue to resist the glow of slot machines and the false promise of pain-free revenue they represent.
Read the entire editorial here: No on Maryland Slots
20081019 Washington Post editorial says No to slots