What better way to solve a hopeless situation than to sell false hope. It warms my heart to see the controlling minds of New Orleans coming to the rescue of the tested city with the perfect fix: gambling! How else do we revive a city? Nothing like a racket that spruces up suicide and bankruptcy to bring the glow back! The vice industry could always use a booster shot. I remember decades ago when Illinois introduced the lottery trick in order to increase revenue for an under-funded, underachieving educational system. Well, the rest is history. Illinois (especially Chicago) has the best educational system in the country. Students are on top of their game. Dropout rates have dropped. And now, the average public school student can actually point out Illinois on a map. (All of this untrue, of course.) It's worked so well, casinos have now flourished here. And the mayor, yep Mr. Daley himself, is seriously thinking about bringing these Crap Houses into downtown Chicago. I can smell the scholarship now! Or is that gun smoke?