Friday, October 21, 2005

The New Orleans Solution

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?


Blogger Abuljude said...

What's also not true: That states with lotteries are spending more money (in inflation-weighted terms) on education than they were prior to the beginning of the lotteries themselves.

What happens over time is that the money dedicated to education prior to the lottery's introduction gets gradually switched away, with the excuse that the lottery is more than adequately funding the education system. As a result there is no net gain for schools - just for pimps, casinos, and bankruptcy lawyers.

I'll try to post the study if I can find it...

10/24/2005 4:01 PM  
Blogger fromclay said...

AJ, please do post the study. This lottery sham has been on my mind for a while, especially since I never win anything (jk). Thanks.

10/25/2005 6:06 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

I just heard a story on NPR last night on how the city of Bethlehem, PA is trying to turn their defunct steel mills (which once employed half the city's population) into--you guessed it--a casino. "We need jobs," the advocates said. Well, low-wage service sector jobs is exactly what you'll get. Oh, and an enormous upsurge in gambling addictions.

10/26/2005 3:18 PM  
Blogger fromclay said...

Doesn't seem right to put casinos in "Bethelhem." What would J. do?

10/26/2005 3:32 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

I'm tempted to save he'd drive the money-changers out of the temple again, but those guys have inconceivably become his biggest devotees. (Or so they say.)

10/27/2005 9:52 AM  

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