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October 29, 2008

Dislike gambling? Vote yes on A

If you dislike gambling, you should vote yes on Proposition A.

Why? Because it would force the casinos to pay an additional 1 percent in tax money that would go directly for our schools. Two, it would ensure that no more casinos could be built in Missouri. And finally, by eliminating the $500 loss limit, we would stay competitive with Kansas, which will have no loss limit.

Vote for our children on Election Day.

Don Merker
Raytown

Comments

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Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

JustAMan

I need a little help on this one. If I hate gambling I should vote Yes? And the logic is:

“Because it would force the casinos to pay an additional 1 percent in tax money that would go directly for our schools. “

Hmm, I am allowed to make $10 and give government 1 or I am allowed to make 1000 and give the government $101. I don’t think this is going to hurt casinos and we know the government lied already about what schools would get. If schools got everything they were promised when casinos were first approved then how come schools are so financially broke?

Then point two and three,

“t would ensure that no more casinos could be built in Missouri. And finally, by eliminating the $500 loss limit, we would stay competitive with Kansas, which will have no loss limit.”

if I don’t want any more casinos then why do I care for them to stay competitive. So it is logical if I hate casinos to have 10 competitive casinos instead of 11 non- competitive ones?

Nice try. I am voting NO!

Marctnts

I have to agree with Rogue and T on this one. It is not the government's responsibility to protect me from myself, and all the regulations surrounding the gaming industry are just another example of exactly that.

Add in the religious folks who want it banned because they believe it is a sin, and think that their list of rights and wrongs should be imposed on society as a whole, and you've got a mess.

"I am not voting yes on this because I do not like the "limit casinos to current number" line."

That's what I had a problem with too. In my mind, you're not making much progress when you substitute one unjust restriction for another.

jeanette

If my memory serves me correctly, the first vote legalizing "floating" casinos 15 years ago was sold to us on the premise that all gaming revenues would go to the schools. Upon further investigation, it was discovered they would go into the general fund with all revenue.
I find it a terrible shame one of the first lessons I had to teach my daughter was not to believe anything you read or hear, especially during a political campaign. Do your own investigation to learn the truth.

T. Hanson

I hate "Think of the Children" argument as well.

Here is what is going to happen if the vote passes:

Say that the education budget has $500 million in it right now. $300 million comes from casinos. $150 comes from general funds, and $50 million comes from property tax. (I am pulling those figures out of my a$$ but it will still help prove my point).

The casinos increases their share to $400 million then the politicians would cut $100 million from the ed budget and give it back to the general funds where they could pick off it for their own projects. To say that this helps schools is bogus.

I am not voting yes on this because I do not like the "limit casinos to current number" line. I feel that it should be left up to the community to approve casinos. Not the existing boats.

Rogue

Forget the "children" vote yes on A because I am damned sick and tired of politicians telling what and what not I can do in my private life. You can drink yourself to cerosis, but by God, don't you dare light up that cigarette!

Last I chcecked there is no one with a gun forcing folks into the casinos and demanding they play.

Get off our backs government, just get the hell out of the way, please.

jeanette

I love kids, but I am getting tired of being told I need to vote for the "children". Every election it's the same. Things are horrible, so we need more money. It seems like the more they get, the more they need. How about some new ideas?
I don't think I would feel this way if there didn't seem to be so much waste. They don't build a school anymore, they build a "campus". How did I ever learn anything in a square, brick building?
We need more disclosure of what happens to the money after it leaves the taxpayers hands and before it gets to the classroom.

whispering_to_kc

"Vote for our children on Election Day ... by removing their parent's loss limits to give us the room to drive them into bankruptcy faster."

From the pro-Prop A advertisements, you'd swear it was only trying to do something nice for the school kids. Do they even mention Prop A has anything to do with gambling at all?

People really are sheep.

Simple_Jack

for years, missouri casinos have been lobbying to have the 500 loss limit removed, and even volunteered to pay higher taxes as a trade off. Missouri Republicans balked, using "it's not fair for them to have to pay higher taxes" as an excuse to disallow it.

 
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