Rendell to push video poker for tuition aid

Nunzio's picture

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20090204_Rendell_to_push_video_poker_for_tuition_aid.html

So, what do we get? One kid who blows half his pay check in a video poker machine, another kid who goes to college, and then some other people who earn a paycheck for taking money out of one person's pocket and putting it in another. Meanwhile, the kid playing the poker machine is risking his livelihood and his financial health as well as that of his family. And I don't buy the argument that, "It's their life and their right", because somewhere down the line, we all pay the social costs.

Is Rendell that lazy that he can't think of progressive ways to generate revenue? Does he have to continue glomming on to all these regressive forms of taxation?

I can't stand that he continues to throw these poison apples at us. I'm looking forward to the day that he's out of office. He's the most regressive democrat I've ever known. I'm glad I don't have to vote for him anymore.

dan's picture

Maybe we could put heroin

Maybe we could put heroin vending machines into elementary schools to pay to keep the libraries open.

biggeo's picture

dan wrote:Maybe we could put

dan wrote:

Maybe we could put heroin vending machines into elementary schools to pay to keep the libraries open.

damm i not quite sure but i detect a bit of a attitude , i agree make it where you can.

biggeo's picture

sad but true, one hand win's

sad but true, one hand win's BUT the other doesn't and when the other dosen't it affects us all in one way or another

jobber's picture

Even I think this is a lousy

Even I think this is a lousy idea. I support the casinos but poker machines in bars? That is a bit much.

adriannacarey's picture

As an alumni of the

As an alumni of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts it makes me extremely frustrated that he's proposing to cut out ALL of the Governor's Schools of Excellence programs. It was a life-changing opportunity for me, and the place where I learned that my voice as an artist and a community member can really count and make a difference. It teaches adolescents to take responsibility for their actions and to really think about how that will effect the world at large. It's really sad.

karp's picture

So is this the vegas model

So is this the vegas model for balancing the budget? It seems to really work for Vegas and AC, so why not here? Right? What?

codergrrl's picture

Aren't there poker machines

Aren't there poker machines in bars already? Is this just making them legal?

Bill Kearney's picture

Do you think the casino

Do you think the casino operators are going to let this happen? But it does prove what I’ve been saying all along, this man is clueless on how addicting these machines are.

Open this link and see for yourself what the Honorable Gov. Rendell is talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM3VampmSwQ&feature=related

dan's picture

codergrrl wrote:Aren't there

codergrrl wrote:

Aren't there poker machines in bars already? Is this just making them legal?

It's legal to have poker machines if they are "just for fun" (meaning you can't win any money).

If you can get money, either from the machine or by going to someone (for example, the bartender) to get a payout, then it's illegal.

nick-bug's picture

Nunzio wrote:Is Rendell that

Nunzio wrote:

Is Rendell that lazy that he can't think of progressive ways to generate revenue?

Can the legalization of prostitution or recreational drugs (i.e. marijuana) be far behind? Imagine the tax-generating possibilities!

kdubs215's picture

codergrrl wrote:Aren't there

codergrrl wrote:

Aren't there poker machines in bars already? Is this just
making them legal?

Everybar that has the poker machines payout . Its a big income boost for local bars ... some bars makes $500 per day from these machines
KW ------@

snailgem's picture

Nunzio wrote:... Is Rendell

Nunzio wrote:

...
Is Rendell that lazy that he can't think of progressive ways to generate revenue? Does he have to continue glomming on to all these regressive forms of taxation?

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i don't think it's laziness, it's addiction.