Category Archives: Fixing America

Gambling Interests Lose Big on Election Day

Thanks to concerned citizens from all political persuasions, one of the biggest losers on Election Day was America’s gambling interests. The voting results show that in the face of almost limitless spending by big gambling operators, more and more citizens …

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National Week of Action to Stop Predatory Gambling Sept 25 through Oct 1

National Week of Action to Stop Predatory Gambling is Sept 25 through Oct 1. One of the major actions that week is to organize more than 200 local screenings of the new film “Out of Luck” across the United States …

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Les Bernal Recognized

LES BERNAL RECOGNIZED Welcome recognition came the way of Les Bernal recently. Deseret News recognized seven people as “heroes” for making a difference. Les was among them. He was not recognized for his moral stance against gambling, but for arguing …

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Where the Presidential Candidates Stand On the National Issue of Predatory Gambling

We released our new report today on the Presidential candidates and their positions on predatory gambling: “Standing Up for The Lottery Class: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand On the National Issue of Predatory Gambling.”  You can read the full report …

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Repealing casinos in Massachusetts

If you believe it’s wrong for Massachusetts state government to sponsor casinos in your community or anyone else’s, then please invest two hours on Sunday afternoon, Sept 27th to join us as a Freedom Player. One of the most amusing …

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Invitation to National Conference on Govt-Sponsored Casinos and Lotteries

We encourage you to attend an important national conference on government-sponsored gambling being held this summer titled “Gambling Addiction and Society: Thinking Anew.” Several of the most prominent scholars in the nation will be presenting including: MIT’s Dr. Natasha Schull, …

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SPG files amicus brief in support of casino repeal ballot question in Massachusetts

Yesterday, Stop Predatory Gambling filed an amicus brief with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding the soon-to-heard case on whether citizens can vote to repeal state government’s sponsorship of casinos. Casino interests are strongly opposing the repeal question. Oral arguments …

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Gambling away our cities

In an op-ed in Sunday’s New York Daily News, Richard Florida has a must-read story about the “casinoization” of American cities. Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, Global Research Professor at NYU and …

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“The Smartest Guys Not in the Room” makes its video debut featuring America’s favorite casino stars

America’s evolving “two-caste society” is due in no small part to government’s predatory program

Today, David Brooks of The New York Times spotlights the recent book by Charles Murray titled “Coming Apart.” Brooks writes:  ” Murray’s basic argument is not new, that America is dividing into a two-caste society. What’s impressive is the incredible …

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Who will fight for America’s Lottery Class if not the Department of Justice?

To underscore how much government’s predatory gambling program of casinos and lotteries best represents what is broken about the American political system, the U.S. Department of Justice released a highly controversial opinion – on the day much of the country is …

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“The risks to New Hampshire from expanded gambling are simply too high” – NH Governor Announces He Will Veto Any Legislation Allowing Casinos in the State

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch yesterday announced that he will veto any legislation allowing casinos or racinos in the state. In a detailed letter to legislative leadership, the Governor outlined a number of reasons for his decision to veto any …

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Maine voters reject predatory gambling proposals

The citizens of Maine soundly rejected two predatory gambling proposals on Election Day. Congratulations to those who led the opposition effort there, specifically Dennis Bailey and the CasinosNo group who have long fought against the state’s predatory gambling program.

The collapse of government’s failed policy of predatory gambling draws one step closer

For anyone curious about what the long-term future holds for government’s failed policy of predatory gambling, one must read the remarks delivered on the House floor yesterday by Massachusetts State Rep. Ruth Balser, D-Newton, during the casino debate. She put …

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New U.S. Census report shows poverty rate at its highest level in fifty years; Government responds with a failed policy that further shrinks the middle class

The New York Times reports today that another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year and the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, 46.2 million people, was the highest number in the …

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“The smell of desperation on slot machines permeates our political class”

Responding to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s drive for a Chicago casino, journalist James Warren writes one of the best op-ed pieces we have read in some time about the failed policy of predatory gambling. It is a must-read. Here are …

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Everyone was greedy

The world’s most famous something-for-nothing schemer Bernie Madoff said in a recent interview from his North Carolina prison that “everyone was greedy” when referring to his clients who lost billions of dollars. Madoff’s statement better describes what is broken about …

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The first question every legislator and member of the media needs to investigate and answer about predatory gambling

The Florida Legislature is holding a “Discussion on Gambling in Florida” in the state capitol this morning. These information gathering sessions are almost always dominated by predatory gambling interests. To help intensify the spotlight on casinos and lotteries, we shared …

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Chrysler Super Bowl ad pointedly leaves out Detroit casinos

In what may have been the best TV ad of yesterday’s Super Bowl, Chrysler ran a powerful ad showing rap artist Eminem driving one of its sedans with visual images of the city of Detroit as a backdrop.  You can …

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A good day for Illinois and for America

There was another major decision by an Illinois court this week besides Rahm Emanuel’s bid to stay on the Chicago mayoral ballot. The Illinois State Court of Appeals ruled the General Assembly violated the state constitution when they bundled a …

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MLK would have strongly fought against the government program of predatory gambling

As the nation honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King today, it is fitting to consider how Dr. King would view the major challenges facing our nation. There can be no doubt that Dr. King would be standing alongside …

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Governor-elect Cuomo must act against secret New York casino scheme

The New York Times reports that lame duck New York State Governor David Paterson is near an agreement with an out-of-state Indian tribe to build a full-scale casino in Sullivan County only 90 miles from Manhattan. As is typical with …

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Leaderless in Illinois

Predatory gambling profits in Illinois are in a free fall. The state already has an aggressive state Lottery, nine casinos (a tenth is on the way) and recently passed a proposal to turn bars and restaurants across the state into …

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California city rejects casino push

Despite millions of dollars spent by predatory gambling interests on media and public affairs to drive their deceptive message, the citizens of Richmond soundly rejected a bid to bring a casino into their community. Led by a thoughtful mayor who …

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Leading the way

Josh McCanless, a citizen leader in Missouri, wrote a passionate, fact-based op-ed about the government program of predatory gambling in The Southeast Missourian today. The people who are going to get America heading in the right direction will come from …

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Your Midnight Ride to Riches!

Tom Mashberg writes an entertaining opinion piece in The Boston Herald mocking the push by predatory gambling interests to build casinos at major historical landmarks across America. “It should be clear by now that our wealth of past glories is …

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Forgetting what they did there

This week the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board is holding public hearings on a proposed casino in Gettysburg – a place where more than 50,000 men were killed, wounded or captured in one of the most important events in American history. More …

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The Economist hosts a debate on gambling

Over the past week The Economist has been conducting a debate on whether government should have no restrictions on gambling. Stop Predatory Gambling was invited to make the case against the proposition. Here are the opening statements, the rebuttal statements …

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Tax collector becomes another victim of “voluntary taxation”

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a somber story about Michael O’Neill, a local tax collector who embezzled $225,000 to feed a gambling addiction at the Parx Casino just outside of Philadelphia. Many public officials defend the government program of predatory gambling …

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A huge ripoff even by the standards of a business based on ripoffs

The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland state government agreed this week to pay nearly $50 million to buy about 1,000 slot machines for the planned Cecil County casino. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a longtime leader against the government program of predatory …

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Turning love your neighbor as yourself into the American Way

The Dallas Morning News has a terrific story this week in which they ask area faith leaders this question: If Texas is looking at cutting spending on education, health care, and other vital services, is it wrong to turn to …

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Integrity and lotteries are mutually exclusive

A Florida woman is suing the Florida Lottery over its refusal to pay a $500,000 prize on an allegedly misprinted ticket. Ann Marie Curcio received the $20 ticket from her husband for Mother’s Day in 2007. But when they tried …

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Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes rips predatory gambling

Last night Andy Rooney took aim at the government program of predatory gambling and scored a direct hit. Here are his comments: “I have good news for you tonight. According to an American Gaming Association report, revenue from casino gambling …

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Goldman Sachs and the Las Vegas ethic

Many policy makers and members of the news media regularly draw on images of “casino” capitalism, which is front and center again as controversy swirls around Goldman Sachs. The critique is implicit in the image/metaphor. But they rarely apply the same scrutiny …

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We Can Do It

America was once a country that ran public campaigns using now classic images like Rosie the Riveter, with her biceps flexed declaring “We can do it” – an icon symbolizing a generation of people we now call “the Greatest Generation. …

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Awakening our conscience requires understanding

The Boston Globe reports this morning that the Massachusetts House will not hold a public hearing on a bill to legalize casinos and racinos in the state that was released yesterday. The government program of predatory gambling is one of …

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The Regeneration

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote an excellent column yesterday about what will be required to face the serious economic challenges in front of us:  “Our parents truly were the Greatest Generation. We, alas, in too many ways, have …

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America is becoming the world’s biggest casino republic

The San Jose Mercury News reported this week that six of the top 10 largest donors to political causes nationwide were Indian casino tribes, spending a total of $160 million, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics study. The …

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Our country cannot afford any more Bernie Madoff-style something-for-nothing schemes

Bloomberg News has a report about yesterday’s predatory internet gambling hearing before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. According to the story:  A top Federal Bureau of Investigation official said internet-based poker games can be subject to manipulation. “There are …

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Who stands for the children of the Lottery Class?

Education advocates are pressing the Oregon Lottery Commission to reduce what they say are overly generous payouts to bars and taverns that host the state’s video gambling machines. Stand for Children and other groups say the lottery has provided excessive …

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