Wednesday, June 27, 2007

4 to 1 Odds

About 80% of Wyandotte County voters voted for the slot machines and casino. It'll mean lots of revenue and development and jobs – and most folks seem thrilled. But at what cost? Like my friend Jeff said, it'll tax Kansas City area folks who probably can't afford it.

I was particularly appalled at the gall of the gaming proponents websites. In their FAQ they conceded that gambling causes certain social concerns, and that money must be set aside to address the problems, but they quickly divert your attention by saying KCK already suffers those negatives from the four KCMO casinos (!) but Kansas doesn't get a share of the money.

Hey, if you can't solve the problem, then by all means you ought to at least get a piece of the action! If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

So what am I going to do about it? I'm going to start by talking with my Elders at their meeting on Thursday for their guidance. I'm certain we'll continue to offer the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace classes at our church. And I'm going to stress to my friends and family that no matter how good you are playing for fun, if you go to the casino, you're usually just making a donation.

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