Published on August 29, 2013 on ConstitutionPartyWI.com. Riley J. Hood is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin and ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 as a write-in candidate. He received 70 votes.
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By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
Why do promises of an easy revenue stream from sin businesses such as gambling and recreational drugs lead to more poverty? If you don’t believe me, ask yourselves, do we have more poverty or less poverty since the 1987 Amendment to the Wisconsin State Constitution that paved the way for the lottery and para-mutual betting?
We have more poverty. There are many factors to this. LBJ’s Great Society was supposed to eliminate poverty, but instead it force fed poverty; poverty levels grew, because people’s appetite for unearned money grew; so did violence and crime.
Along came the gambling faction, which proposed that we make gambling, until that point a crime; legal. This would eliminate property taxes, and poverty. The government would be “funded by the casino, or the dog track.” The liberal argument was that people in Wisconsin had to go to Illinois to spend their money, and that was money going out of Wisconsin, so we must have gambling here. This is of course a perversion of keeping industry here in Wisconsin, and shows that these men refuse to recognize the difference between a productive work and a swindle.
While gaming means more money for Madison to spend, it results in less money for Wisconsin Families. In the prior experience, if a person went to Illinois and gambled away his or her paycheck, or savings, that would increase poverty here in Wisconsin, but there was a limit to it. You had to travel, either to “Vegas,” “Atlantic City,” or Illinois. Now you don’t have to travel, that means more people can behave irresponsibly more often, thus driving up the poverty statistics. It is common knowledge that many that there are many who are on assistance, who gamble away their hand out. Many who are working gamble away their wages, and gambling has led to embezzlement by payroll secretaries and others in leadership. Gambling not only affects the gambler, but also the people in their lives.
What about the legalization crowd? When Marijuana, Cocaine, and Heroine were outlawed, the reason was due to their effect on the family. The “legalize it” crowd whether it be for drugs, or for prostitution; always promise the citizenry an easy revenue stream that will lead to tax relief and economic prosperity. The Devil’s salesmen never bring up the family. When a son or daughter is addicted to drugs, that is disruptive enough; when mother or father are hooked, it is devastating. Will striking down the laws help? Nonsense, it will make the problem worse because access to these vices will be unimpeded. A lack of enforcement has breed disrespect for the law. “Because a sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” Ecclesiastes 8:11
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin views the family as the basic unit of society; it is the warp and woof of the fabric of America. Our CPoW Platforms states, “The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family, and the family is fundamental in the maintenance of a stable, healthy and prosperous social order.” We view anything that undermines the stability of the family with great approbation, including flim-flam schemes which bankrupt the family budget.