Gambling Issue in Florida Once Again Shows Political Inadequacies
The state of Florida is well rehearsed in how to screw things up. The current state of the union can be traced back to the Sunshine State, and their inability to correctly run an election.
Now state politicians are showing that politics is about nothing more than making sure individuals in power get their way on an issue.
The issue of gambling has been at the forefront in Florida for several years now. The opposition to the advancement of legalized gambling is being led almost unilaterally by House Leader Marco Rubio, from Miami.
The Governor of the state, Charlie Crist, has signed a compact with the Seminole Indians allowing the tribe to offer Vegas style slots, blackjack, and baccarat, in exchange for money that will be paid to the state.
The only way the compact would become void, and free the Seminoles of their obligation to the state would be if gambling is expanded outside of Broward or Miami-Dade Counties. So politicians in the state are now exploring the idea of expanding gambling throughout the state. Brilliant.
The compact Crist signed is being challenged in the court system. Fearing they will lose the ruling on the case, politicians have turned to the only way to show the Governor who has the power in Florida.
They have come up with a way on their own of nullifying the compact. Expand gambling. It is wonderful to see that all the politicians who were entrusted to make decisions by the people of Florida, can show such blatant disregard for the public.
It is clear that the expanded gambling would simply be a way to void the compact. No matter what any of these politicians say about increased revenue, or any other cover up reasons for wanting to expand gambling.
It is about the compact. Plain and simple, legislators were not happy that they were not included in the decision by Governor Crist, so they are now taking matters into their own hands.
Who knows?, maybe in the long run it will all work out for Florida. If the last seven years in America are an indication, the odds are not in their favor.