Casino coming to YOUR neighborhood?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
” (1 Peter 5:8)

The big casino industry lion is prowling Missouri’s Mississippi and Missouri River banks once again.  Why? Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment has announced the closing of the St. Louis President Casino and the relinquishing of Missouri’s thirteenth license. You know what that means–a new Missouri slot for slots, an open spot at the table for table games–yes, one new shiny license available.  Be on the alert…a new casino may be coming to YOUR neighborhood.

The Predatory State Lottery

Read this Tampa, Florida article to see just how the state increases lottery revenues during recessionary times.  This is predatory as well as poor, poor fiscal policy.  Can it get any worse? Read the article:

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/mar/05/spend-more-lottery-urges-floridians-recession-hits/

Casinos soak local economy

This Philadelphia casino tells the tale of how the local “low rollers” are targeted and have become the mainstay of the casino drain of the local economy.  Read the story:

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/monica_yant_kinney/20100307_Monica_Yant_Kinney__The_lifeblood_of_Parx_casino_in_Bucks_is_low-roller_locals.html?tr=y&auid=6043704

River City Boulevard…Road to Nowhere

March 4 marks another dark day for the St. Louis metro area. Newly named River City Boulevard leads hundreds down the road to ruin to the new River City Casino, opening its doors in the afternoon. It is another road to nowhere. Predatory casino manipulation will suck millions more out the local economy as the bright lights continue to blind casino proponents and woo the weak who think the odds are that their “luck” will change. The libs continue to think that victimless crimes are no crimes at all while the casinos offer 800 numbers for “problem gamblers” without breaking stride all the way to the bank. And perhaps the worst part is that the government is complicit in it all…in the name of economic development, of all things!  Looking at the big picture, the social and economic impact are devastating, costing the area millions of dollars more than what it will take in.  It is money, time and energy thrown away.  Broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many will travel it.  (see Matthew 7:13)