House Rightly Excludes Casinos and Racetracks
from Tax Cuts
Immediate Release. December 8 , 2005 The House of Representatives on December 7, 2005, approved legislation to provide tax relief aimed at spurring the Gulf Coast's economy that had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina but exclude casinos and racetracks. “And although gambling is legal in this region of the United States (US), it is a social vice that should not be condoned or supported by the government,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.
Tragically, many states in this region are more and more dependent on gambling revenue and taxes. For example, it was argued that the measure unfairly targeted a legal industry that employed about 50,000 people in Louisiana and Mississippi and generated more than $770 million annually in tax revenue by some lawmakers. In a Los Angeles Times article published on December 8, 2005, it was reported that US. Representative Shelley Berkley (Democrat-Nevada) said, “Shame on this body for allowing the gaming industry to be discriminated against.”
Dr. Rutkowski said, “ To protect the welfare of its citizens and suppress evil is the God-instituted purpose of government as is indicated in the Bible in Romans 13:1-4. Contrary to this, state-sanctioned gambling victimizes many, especially those that are most vulnerable. Gambling is a vice that is inherently debilitating and corruptive in nature.”
Predicated on the losses, pain and suffering of individuals is gambling. The risks of bankruptcy, child abuse, domestic violence, crime, and suicide are greatly increased by gambling addiction. As gambling expands, there is no doubt that the number will continue to grow of the more than 15 million Americans that already struggle with a gambling problem.
Built on money and greed is the multi-billion dollar gambling industry. Through aggressive marketing schemes and by its “get-rich quick” appeal individuals are suckered into gambling. “Biblically, morally and ethically, gambling is reprehensible and should not be supported or promoted by the government,” added Dr. Rutkowski.
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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