We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The would-be socialist paradise that is Massachusetts wants even more of our money. Gov. Patrick is talking casinos. Viking:
Hey, why stop at casinos? Why not bring in some whorehouses which will also "create jobs" and "generate new government revenue." Aside from the social issues and crime that a casino invites, there's the new image of Massachusetts. Old and busted: Plymouth Rock, USS Constitution and Tanglewood. New and hot: slot machines and the "hard eight."
I do not approve of government-sponsored gambling of any sort, for any reason. The need to define the immoral trumps my libertarian instincts in this case. If MA needs honest jobs in clean businesses, all they have to do is to lower their taxes and the jobs will flow in. At present, they have an outflow of both jobs and people. You could term it a flight from socialism.
Image: The wonderful concept of the Boston Tea Party has long been missing as a Massachusettsicon.
"The lottery is a tax on people bad at math." It is the ultimate means of extracting money from the poor with their willing compliance. The only benefit I can see from state lotteries is that they put the mob's Numbers Racket out of business.
But as the governor said about terrorists, perhaps we don't try hard enould to love and understand our crooks. Maybe it was unfair to put those nice Sicilians (who all have mothers) out of business. But, of course, we can give our crooks plenty of jobs in Boston politics, can't we?