I understand that ‘NO’ sometimes means ‘YES’ in the bedroom with your girlfriend 🙂 but in politics and logistics ‘NO’ should NEVER mean ‘YES.’
I won’t lie. I dabble in gambling here and there. I play Fanduel for minimal amounts; one to two dollars. But I have an appreciation for limitation and discipline, unlike earlier in my life.
Today I feel sorry for Massachusetts and the impending scene that’s about to hit a few of their sorry towns in the coming years.
Have you ever been to a casino? Put aside the glorified movies of bachelor parties. Throw away those commercials of people with million-dollar smiles tossing dice at the craps table, making the Vegas scene seem desirable.
The reality is, from Monday thru Friday, casinos are filled with smoke-infested hallways, union workers and elderly throwing their pensions away, dollar by dollar at the slot machines, blackjack and poker tables.
Worst of all, college kids that should be studying but are wasting their nights gambling they’re holding onto that dream of becoming the next Daniel Negreanu, or at least beat him in a hand.
Casinos exploit three types of people: The rich, the poor, and the stupid. I would know, I was the latter with a dream.
You wonder why a state with such a high I.Q. like Massachusetts would ever want this in their neck of the woods. Could it be because casinos bring in more jobs..?
Wait a minute, more jobs?! Maybe I should change my mind. Casinos might be an awesome idea. I can just imagine my future kids:
“Mom, when I grow up I want to be a blackjack dealer.”
or worse, “Dad, when I grow up I’m going to be a stripper!”
Casinos don’t produce the type of jobs we want in this society.
Vegas lobbyists tricked Massachusetts residents with the phrasing of the Casino question this year. In laymen’s terms the question was, should we rescind the state’s right to expand its gambling laws? YES or NO?
The average logical resident would say, “NO, we don’t want the scum of the earth infesting the beautiful spirit of America.”
But we all know how the average person reads today; they skim and scan. They don’t read in depth. The typical voter reads that question quickly and thinks, “Hmmmm. Casinos. Yes or no?”
Their next train of thought is, “YES means the government brings in casinos. And NO means no casinos.”
And that’s exactly the problem. Saying NO meant you were FOR casinos. Saying YES meant you were AGAINST them. This was a slightly rigged ballot question, and what a coincidence that it’s related to gambling.
I’m not saying the law didn’t pass legally. I’m just saying I’m CERTAIN the voting was slightly skewed because of the purposeful awkward phrasing.
My mother called me before voting and said, “I’m going to vote NO for gambling. I hate gambling.”
I explained to her that NO means YES in this situation.
How many other voters actually knew that going into the ballot? How many walked away thinking they voted against casino expansion in Massachusetts, only to realize in the morning they voted the exact opposite?!
Like I said in my previous blog, I don’t vote because someone will screw me in the end, either way. As long as I have my wife, job, house, secure borders, video games, and whatever else makes the wife happy, then I’m happy.
But man, oh man, this question #3 was the ultimate, political Kansas City shuffle.
I apologize for once again referencing an overrated American classic, but it’s a “Catch 22.” If the law didn’t pass, Massachusetts gamblers would continue throwing money away in Connecticut casinos. If it did pass, they throw their money away in Massachusetts casinos.
Therefor, Massachusetts is stupid enough to have casinos in its backyard, but they’re not dumb enough to give their degenerates’ money to a different state.
Frank Underwood would be impressed.
Better economy for Massachusetts.
Worse economy for Connecticut and their native tribes: the Mahican, Minisink, Mohegan, Pequot, Nipmuc and Quirpi.
I’m not sharpening my spear just yet, but I barricaded my home and I’m definitely not frolicking in the woods. I expect a war… Massachusetts versus Connecticut… And winter is coming…