"States cannot gamble themselves rich!"

National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling
December 2001 newsletter

     "Gambling might provide a quick, temporary infusion of money, but history tells us that societies gamble themselves poor, not rich. Gambling creates no new wealth, it only redistributes wealth on an inequitable basis. The gambling industry is the only industry that does not manufacture any products, does not raise any crops, drains money from the marketplace, and does not contribute to international trade. Gambling is parasitic. Tragically, it often feeds on those who can least afford it.
     Our nation's greatness was built on citizens' strengths. In the past, political leaders encouraged citizens to develop their strengths through legislation such as the Homestead Act, the G.I. Bill, and land grant colleges.
     Now, leaders seek to maintain government by exploiting its citizens. The new mantra is "Gamble for the common good!"
      What happened to patriotism and sacrifice? I have seen men die on the battlefield. I know what "the last full measure of devotion" really means. Victory demands hard work, long hours, doing without, paying taxes and a willingness to sacrifice. What a disappointment that today's lawmakers are turning their backs on patriotism and sacrifice and promising a painless victory - through more gambling!
     It is a gross deception to call gambling a painless source of revenue. There is lots of pain in gambling - addictions, unpaid bills, bankruptcies, embezzlement, broken marriages, hungry children and self-destruction. It is demeaning for modern politicians to propose winning the war against terrorism by buying more lottery tickets and playing slot machines.
     How we rebuild our nation will define our character. America needs a call to sacrifice in order to survive. Answers to our challenges are to be found in hard work and responsibility. Lawmakers need to rise to the occasion by calling us to commit ourselves to larger purposes. States cannot gamble themselves rich!"

Tom Grey, Executive Director