GOV. RENDELL’S ROYAL FLUSH

Bill Kearney's picture

Some may think it strange to hear Gov. Rendell, Senate and House members, Liquor Control Board officials, State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski, Gaming Control Board members along with the Pa. Department of Revenue acknowledge that there are as many as 17,000 ILLEGAL video poker machines parting Pennsylvanians from their money at bars, taverns and private clubs across the state. They also confirmed that this ILLEGAL business of video poker has been around since the late 70’s and has been linked to both organized crime and public corruption. Now I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but if this is factual, and remember they’re not talking about concealed contraband the likes of illegal drugs, weapons, or stolen goods. What we’re talking about is ‘LCB’ licensed establishments that profoundly display gambling machines, with reckless abandon towards state laws and regulations. So here’s my question? If our pillars of society who for quite some time now have known the whereabouts of this ongoing ILLEGAL activity have done little to suppress it, what would make one think that they would be capable of governing it if it were to become legal. Just look at the number of noteworthy calamities they have accumulated in the short time they have been governing our gaming industry. This idea of legalizing video poker machines just reassures what I’ve been saying all along, which is, those who support state sponsored casino gambling are clueless on how addictive this so-called form of entertainment is.

nick-bug's picture

Bill Kearney wrote:...those

Bill Kearney wrote:

...those who support state sponsored casino gambling are clueless on how addictive this so-called form of entertainment is.

Clueless? That's hard to say. The only thing that is clear to me is that our elected officials have an affinity for anything that generates revenue that doesn't look like a tax.