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Evans Says State-Sanctioned Gambling Is "Change We Can Believe In"
In a recent column, http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/39129332.html, in the Daily News Philadelphia's Dwight Evans made an outrageous comment.
When I point out to House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans that in the past he was never a fan of funding government through gambling, he says, "People change. We're living in a time of change we can believe in."
So the election of Barack Obama is being used to justify the expansion of state-sanctioned gambling by one of the most powerful Philadelphia pols in our state. This is great. We have Rendell touring the state touting more regressive forms of taxation-this time video poker, and Evans, the House Appropriations Chair abandoning his past opposition to state-sanctioned gambling and justifying it by twisting Obama's campaign slogan. Rather than harnessing the energy that was created by Obama's campaign to advance real change based on a politics of hope we have in Philadelphia politicians who practice their own form of a politics of fear that legitimizes taxation by exploitation-the proposed casinos and video poker.
I don't believe that Obama's victory signals that government should promote slots and video poker as a way to raise revenue. This is a time for everyone to stand up for what they believe in and if you believe in everyone paying their fair share it is time to say so and stand against regressive forms of taxation. The proposed casinos and proposed massive expansion of state-sanction gambling through video poker machines into everyones' neighborhoods are two significant forms of regressive taxation that will harm our city our state and our fellow citizens.
That our government would spend time developing such schemes and promoting harmful and costly forms of addiction rather than promoting savings and thrift is bad public policy. And that any taxpayer would accept the exploitation of their fellow citizens so that they don't have to pay their fair share is the kind of change that needs to be challenged and reversed.