David Miller has used the “C” word. On the heels of having his taxation plan deferred at city council on Monday, Miller has become of a fountain of ideas on how to make-up Toronto’s fiscal shortfall and a casino is one of them.
Personally, I hate casinos. I think they’re creepy places that attract too much of the wrong people and when I refer to the wrong people I mean people who have no business throwing good money after bad when they can’t afford it.
To me, casinos are a legal form of theft. Look at the odds, look at the opulence and look at the profits. People may win from time to time at a casino, but that’s a rare exception to the rule.
Most of the time casinos are stealing your money while praying on your desperation and naivety. Casinos have caused untold heartbreak in many families and created addiction where there was none before.
But beyond that you have to wonder where all the money goes. Like lotteries, casinos in Ontario were designed as a form of taxation with proceeds going to specific projects. But somewhere along the way we lost sight of all that.
The money raised can’t really be traced to anything specific with most of it ending up in “general revenue” to be pissed away like regular tax dollars.
So even if Toronto does get a casino, who’s to say Torontonians will ever really benefit from it or that the money will end up where it should – and is having a this form of taxation where senior citizens literally connect themselves to slot machines the way to go?
You can be sure that sooner than later signs and billboards will be posted for those suffering from a gambling addiction, much like they have in Niagara Falls and Windsor.
Some might argue that casinos are no different than cigarettes and alcohol, two other forms of taxation that can cause pain and suffering, but there’s a distinct difference.
It’s too late to ban cigarettes and alcohol, but it’s not too late to stop building casinos.
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Thursday September 13, 2007 – 11:28am (PDT) Edit | Delete | Permanent Link | 0 Comments
If you read this blog with any regularity you know how I feel about casinos. If it was up to me I’d close them all down tomorrow.
I find them creepy and desperate and sad, filled with people who have no business being there. It’s sickening to look around those big noisy rooms and see people in the process of ruining their lives.
This may sound over the top, but it’s true. Casinos in Ontario have provided a lot more pain than gain, yet the suckers keep coming back for more willing to dump more and more into a system that never really tells us where the money is going.
Where is the money going?
A couple of weeks ago when my father was in Milton District Hospital he needed cat-scan so they loaded him into an ambulance with a nurse and two attendants and they went to Oakville.
The ambulance waited for my dad and then transported him back. I have no idea what that would have cost, but it was probably several hundred dollars, and apparently this is common practice, and according to his doctor has been going on for years.
According to the doctor, they’ve transported so many people between Milton and Oakville for cat scans over the years; they could have bought eight machines.
Apparently Milton is on the verge of getting their own machine finally and everyone is jumping up and down and spitting freakin’ nickels. But you have to wonder, what took so long?
And why is it that MRI machines are so scarce in the province? They’re so scarce that unless you’re an athlete or a politician you have to wait months to get an appointment.
Why, with millions of dollars being sacrificed at Ontario casinos every day we should have a shortage of cat scans and MRIs in the province.
An MRI machine is worst about a million dollars, with a cat scan worth about half that.
Do you know how quickly a million dollars in profit is wracked up at an Ontario casino?
I’m willing to bet it wouldn’t take twenty minutes. Day after day after day millions of dollars are being sucked out of the pockets of pathetic people and the province gladly takes it.
But what the hell are they doing with the money?
I imagine with the right system and the proper appropriation of funds, an MRI machine could be put into every hospital in Ontario by the end of the year courtesy of the casinos alone.
The casinos were supposed to supply new found money to Ontario when they were first proposed and it seemed like a great idea.
But several years later, what are we left with?
A bunch of questions and ruined people.