Here is my rather redundant editorial on the latest gaming proposal idea!
Ohio... Psssst.. Listen up.. Please STOP being sold a bill of garbage that casinos are the be all end all cure for economic woes. Just because many surrounding states bought on to this bandwagon, does not mean we have to follow the leader and do a “monkey see monkey do.” Nor does it mean they're right and we're wrong.
We should not be trying to build an economy around this sort of thing.... Something that simply has no accountability where the money goes. If people read closely through the proposed issues (as in the past you will find that there is NO guarantee we'd make anything from these entities. Too many loop holes; too many empty promises. We should not be building an economy around entities that help to produce and foster bad and self destructive habits---that in the long run, could be a cost burden on the state, Example: bankruptcies, etc. I can see it now, already economically depressed.....what a time for gaming promoters to pitch their goods! (especially when their own industry is in decline!) People gamble and drink when depressed...and we see people peeing away their government assistance checks on gaming! This will NOT attract high end gaming enthusiasts as Vegas. We will NOT be the gaming destination place like Vegas. Gaming promoters are in business for one thing: PROFIT! NOT charity to states! Please see past the smoke and mirrors, Ohio.
Even if proposed right... I am still not sold on this idea. If we want to help our economy, we'd be trying to lure and promote high tech jobs and workforces that perhaps can have our region being the hot pit for cutting edge green technologies, such as windmill manufacturing, alternative fuels, green vehicles, solar panels, recycled product manufacturing, etc. Such would display a contrast and total change from our industrial polluting past manufacturing base. The jobs that could result in a green economy.... could help foster a better populous in body, mind, and spirit by creating a healthier environment---and hence---this could help keep people living here long term and raise their family. Can you see how such an economy would be a contrast to what depending on the tobacco, booze, fast food, and gaming industry, helps to trickle down produce in the population?------A sad sap bunch of obese mental numb heads who are so down and out and misinformed, that somehow they become deluded into thinking gaming will cure everything from world hunger to cancer! Absolutely pathetic if this is the best this entire region can do for economic re-development.
Let me reiterate…. How about Cleveland and Ohio in general, being a world leader in green or other future technologies? For every product produced, there is a job behind making it, marketing and selling it. It is time Cleveland and N.E. Ohio re-invent itself from the past economies---and placing a band-aid on the economic woes right now with the gambling hype is NOT going to sustain a long term future economy---nor should we build one around such that ultimately is a contributing factor in producing the mediocre mid-west 'Kielbasa Kid" mentality that is so pervasive throughout our region.
Every state, every city in this region having a casino, is the same as seeing the big box "Sprawl-Mart" stores all over the place---and what is so very special about that? Would such a scenario have people coming from all over to see just another casino? I don’t think so, and rather, I see the scene as a soon to be a dated one…so pase. Seen one seen 'em all! Please, Ohio, don't follow this extremely deceptive bandwagon and instead.... discover all the other alternatives to build the economy--and the entertainment sector, in particular, that really will lead to making Cleveland, N.E. Ohio a place people will want to live, work and play---and visit. Let all the others who thought this was the answer, look at Cleveland/Ohio and envy us for something we have that they do not---all because they were all too busy following the leader...to a road that leads to nowhere, nonetheless!
Lastly, I plead again…..Many think Ohio is a joke because they have voted the gaming down so many times. Ohio is only a joke if many of you posters actually believe this is going to salvage the economy...and are duped into thinking this is the only thing we can do to make the city/state shine and be attractive for the future. When people are desperate, they'll latch onto anything that sounds promising with little question, as long as the hype is all the tootie fruttie nonsense people want to hear. The casino hype is a classic example of what I am talking about. Why do you think promoters hit this whole part of the country hard in the first place? It is easy to lure the hungry and desperate. Please tell me you're not this desperate Ohio, that you will allow anything at any cost set up shop in your state, as long as the promoters spew all the right 'jobs and taxes' B.S.