David Mills quotes David Blankenhorn in opposition to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push for sponsoring casinos in upstate New York.
“Political leaders do not want to give a speech, cut a ribbon, or pose for photographs at the opening of a casino,” David Blankenhorn points out in a new and damning study, New York’s Promise: Why Sponsoring Casinos Is a Regressive Policy Unworthy of a Great State. “They understand that there is something unseemly about it, and even if they want the casinos to exist in order to get the money, politicians don’t want to frequent, much less to become a symbol of or spokesman for, casinos and their values.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo “talks with comic-book hyperbole about ripple effects and super-charges and resorts and convention centers and boosting upstate tourism. But he knows — everyone paying any attention to this issue knows — that the gambling initiative is about New York’s government getting the money.” There isn’t, David argues, any evidence for the governor’s claims about the benefits of gambling, and the governor himself presents none, and a great deal of evidence against it.
Why does upstate New York need economic stimulus? Because New York’s governing class, hailing mostly from downstate, has destroyed upstate New York’s economy with burdensome environmental and workplace regulations, of which Obamacare is merely the latest body blow.
The diminished tax returns from upstate New York pose a problem to Cuomo and his greedy state government: How do you increase the take from an income group you’ve singled out to benefit from a progressive income tax? Aha! Lure the poor to casinos, infantilize them with dreams of the big payout. This will concentrate upstate New York’s diminished wealth into the hands of the few, where they can be taxed at higher rates. The state’s coffers will swell along with rural New York’s economic and social dislocation.
If sponsoring casinos happens to upend a few thousand people’s lives and further erode communities in upstate New York, so what? The glut of tax revenue will ease their suffering. Not.
Sponsoring casinos is worthy of New York, a once great state destroyed by liberals.
Further reading on the costs of gambling: “Video Keno: Pennsylvania’s Leviathan?”