Southern New England, Land of the Resort Casino
The pressure that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s three-casino proposal puts on Rhode Island raises in the imagination a map of the United States with a cluster of red dots representing six casinos squeezed into the tiny area covered by Southern New England. Is that the reality to which we all wish to awake when the money-drunk desperation for state revenue subsides?
I have no moral objection to gambling, but the pending rush on casinos, as if they represent some sort of miracle stock in which to invest, reeks of greed from top to bottom — from the state government that refuses to cut spending significantly to the companies that seek to profit from the cheaply produced entertainment of an illusion of easy riches to the people who direct their own resources from more productive ends toward that illusion. Even if we make the questionable assumption that legalized and industrialized gambling will not come with the seedy chains of its outside-the-law ancestry, a system built on greed will inevitably engulf the entire society in its corruption.
Don’t believe me? Then put down the mental map and imagine the result when Big Casino, Big Labor, Big Welfare, and Big Government Democrats turn their murky green gaze in unison toward their mutual prey. It will be far too late for that prey by the time those powerful entities realize, in their greed, that there is not enough of the dying breed to go around.