- Politically connected hacks take on the lucrative business
- Privatization likely equals expansion and more marketing, meaning more people gambling their savings away
- The move won’t actually make any money for the states, especially if you take into account increased demand for social services from problem gamblers
- Why are we promoting gambling as public policy in the first place?
Casinos/ lotteries/ other forms of sanctioned gambling are essentially ways for cities and states to gain revenue without having to say they raised taxes. See, it’s not a tax if people choose to flush their money into a slot machine and directly or indirectly it ends up in the treasury. Which is true, after a fashion, but ultimately, a white flag that we are incapable of creating rational budgets that don’t rely on taking advantage of people’s vices and addictions.