Sunday, March 12, 2006

106: “This Won’t Take Long”


This really won’t take long. Rather than take up your time with another of my long diatribes against the hubris-laden Pennsylvania Government, about which far too many of you are doing nothing – despite my best efforts to stir your souls to action, I’ll give you the short version. This is all about connecting some dots for you.

We have pointed out to you in past posts that two of our biggest efforts have finally been connected [see GettysBLOG 104: “Testimony”], meaning the effort to sweep all incumbents from office in the next two general elections, and the effort to repeal the felonious legislation called Act 71, the Pennsylvania gambling law. We have shown how the Gambling Act and the Midnight Pay Raise were passed in the same illegal and nefarious manner during the past two July budget deadlines. So these two issues have become one.

Start with this from the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

Inherent Rights of Mankind
Section 1.
All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.
The elected government of Pennsylvania has passed legislation that will deny the Inherent Rights of Mankind of a significant segment of the population of Pennsylvania.

How?

No person who is under the thrall of an addictive agent such as gambling addiction and or alcohol addiction is capable of “…enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.”

Alcoholism and gambling addiction go together. Odds are extremely high that if a person is addicted/addictive to one, that person is also addicted/addictive to the other.

Why do we have laws, both state and Federal, to control certain chemical substances by making them illegal? Because addictions are harmful. Addictions destroy lives. Addictions not only destroy the lives of those who are addicted, but they destroy the lives of many with whom they have contact. Gambling parlors and casinos thrive on feeding both addictions. And lest you think “It can’t happen to me.”, think again. With fourteen casinos going into operation around the state in the next few years, there will be one casino nearby almost everyone in the state. The impact studies released by the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Commission show that the casinos for which licenses are currently being sought expect to get around 80% of their revenue from local customers.

We are not talking about someone three streets over in your development. We are talking about your next door neighbor, and your father, and your sister-in-law who will succumb to the twin addictions of alcohol and gambling. Two of those three will go bankrupt, losing their family home, the car, the retirement nest egg – everything. One of those three will commit at least one, and probably more than one crime to finance the addictions, and or cover them up. One of those three will sink even deeper by becoming addicted to illegal drugs. All three will enter the social services network at some point, and perhaps the criminal justice system too, if not as a perpetrator, then as a victim. The stresses these addictions will place on the families and friends of those around them will be agonizing, and in many cases overwhelming.

All this will be a direct result of introducing legalized gambling into your area. We’re not talking about firehouse bingo, or signing the book at the local social club, we are talking first about slot machines, and shortly thereafter, the rest of the table games, like blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps. We’re not talking about the state lottery, where it is fully administered by the state, and all proceeds go directly to the elderly population in Pennsylvania. We are talking about a legislature enabled industry that is the direct cause of the appearance of these problems wherever they are located. To put it plainly, keep the casinos out and these problems likely do not occur above the current rate. Allow the casinos, and this rate of addiction will skyrocket out of control.

Filing for bankruptcy is not “…acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation…”. Receiving treatment for addictions to alcohol and/or gambling is not a direct cost item, but one that will be borne by all of us in this state through higher taxes as the incidence rate goes skyrocketing. And that is when, not if. Doing time for committing crime is not “…acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation…”. And like entering the social service network, that is another cost to be borne by the taxpayers.

The enabling legislation is clearly unconstitutional.

Now, what are you going to do about it? The answer is simple. Call four friends. Tell them this information. Send them to this blog to read it for themselves. Have them each call four friends, and their legislative representatives. The quickest fix is to repeal the Act 71 enabling legislation. Have them tell their reps to get up on the floor and support Representative Paul Clymer’s (R-Bucks) repeal bill.

Since our elected officials won’t, it’s up to each and every one of you to enforce the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Then vote them out of office before they do something else wrong!

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