Talking Points (Gambling)
by Focus on the Family Issue Analysts
Gambling and pornography have a lot in common: both exploit humans for a profit; both exploit human weakness and cause deep-rooted addictions; both ruin marriages and families; both destroy children; both are run by people who should know better, but instead choose to destroy others lives to benefit themselves.
You cannot predict who will become addicted to gambling – it's an equal opportunity predator.
Gambling is not a partisan issue. The gambling cartel has bought out all political parties, and now they're assuming positions of power within state and federal offices.
Greed, power, money and corruption are at the root of gambling operations.
Men become addicted to gambling most often because of the action. Women gamble to escape, and seniors will start gambling for the social interaction. Underage gamblers often start gambling on sports with friends and then illegal bookies.
Gambling can't make good on its promises and it can't hide the bodies riddled by its addictive products.
Gambling produces nothing, but it will take everything.
Gambling addicts people, ruins marriages, destroys families, exploits children, fleeces the poor, bankrupts communities, raises crime, creates corruption, makes false promises, distorts reality, deceives the public and lies all the way to the bank.
Today's modern slot machines are high-tech addiction-delivery devices.
Video gambling is the most addictive form of gambling ever developed. Addiction counselors are calling video slots or video lottery machines the "crack cocaine" of the gambling industry because it's addictive "hook" is so strong and deep.
SMR Research Corporation calls gambling "the single fastest-growing driver of bankruptcy."
Numerous reports have found gambling to be linked to increased bankruptcy.
The Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice have found significant links between gambling, crime, drug use and arrestees.
Newly created gambling addicts, in desperation, turn to crime to finance their addictions or pay off looming debts.
Legalized gambling operations provide an attractive target for career criminals.
Professor Earl L. Grinols calculates that the costs of gambling outweigh the benefits by a factor of more than 3:1. Gambling fails the cost-benefit test, and taxpayers lose.
If gambling were good for the economy, we'd have a lot of rich "consumers" or gamblers, but that's not the case. We have a few winners and wealthy operators and lots of poor losers.
Gambling is regressive taxation, as the poor and uneducated tend to gamble a greater proportion of their income than the middle class, the rich and the well-educated.
Gambling-derived state revenues are fundamentally flawed in that these revenues come from the pockets of losers and cannibalize citizens.
Professor John Warren Kindt calculated that for every dollar in gambling revenue a state takes, it costs taxpayers $1.90.
Gambling poses negative economic consequences:
Gambling hurts the job industry by consuming employee's time and inviting workplace theft.
Gambling creates a monopoly, displacing small and local businesses.
Gambling robs citizens. For every one dollar of revenue generated by gambling, taxpayers lose three dollars in increased criminal justice costs, social welfare expenses, regulatory costs and increased infrastructure expenditures.
How can we fund a public virtue (education) through the expansion of a public vice (gambling)? This is hypocrisy!
Do not hold our children's education hostage to the performance of the gambling industry.
We can no longer ignore the tacit approval society lends to the exploitive vice industry of gambling by funding education through gambling revenues.
Racetrack Casinos (Racinos)
The National Gambling Impact Study Commission strongly advised against the creation of racetrack casinos: Recommendation 3-12 - "The Commission recommends that states should refuse to allow the introduction of casino-style gambling into pari-mutuel facilities for the primary purpose of saving a pari-mutuel facility that the market has determined no longer serves the community or for the purpose of competing with other forms of gambling."
Where's the money going? Who's getting most of it? Is it the citizens or state? No. This is money that will be leaving our state's economy and going to out-of-state or foreign operators.
Gambling devastates individuals and families. The practice:
Increases bankruptcy filings
Attracts crime and corruption
Causes spousal abuse
Leads to child neglect
Dramatically increases suicide
Gambling poses negative political consequences. The practice:
Leads to State dependency upon unstable gambling revenues
Places government in the awkward position of protecting citizens, while promoting citizen exploitation through gambling addiction for monetary gain
Legal gambling operations entice adolescents to illegally delve into this dangerous activity, while lending society's tacit approval to an addictive vice.
Gambling exploits the poor and sells them false hope. The gambling industry vigorously targets poor, less educated and senior populations, deceptively touting gambling as the ticket out of poverty.
Gambling implements a regressive tax. The poor spend proportionally more on gambling than any other economic sector of society.
Gambling corrupts the pillars of character upon which America is built: honesty, integrity, kindness, courage, self-control, self-discipline and responsibility.
Gambling breaks down the American work ethic.
Gambling is fundamentally driven by and subsists on greed, a morally bankrupt foundation.
Gambling violates the biblical principle of financial stewardship.
Copyright © 2008 Focus on the Family.
John Warren Kindt, statement before a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, 21 September 1994.