Thursday, November 29, 2007

Little d Democracy and Casinos

I've heard that some people in progressive circles are afraid of vocally going against casinos because they'd be going against Deval Patrick, who we all worked so hard to elect. Note that in the democracy progressives - such as myself - claim to believe in, the powers are beholden to the people, not the other way around. Deval Patrick is wrong on casinos and no one should be afraid to tell him that.


Peter Porcupine said...

Ryan - that is a politically mature attitude.

Personally, I disagree with Romney about choice, but still support him for President, because of his economic expertise.

Work with Patrick on the things you agree with, and don't be cowed into saying no thanks when you don't.

Anonymous said...

The greatest obligation 'Progressives' owe is to themselves and policies that are truly progressive.
Erecting a flawed policy based on gambling revenues is neither progressive nor sustainable.
We need to initiate a dialogue about sustainable policies and not perpetuate a system based on well-funded donors who monopolize the debate.
Those well-funded international investors have successfully prevented an honest examination of the flaws inherent in the fairy tale of glitzy resorts.
It's long past time to examine the issue, consider the impacts (crime, bankruptcies, DUIs, schools, affordable housing and so on)and the secrecy with which the governor reached his decision.
As citizens, we fail in our responsibilities when we willingly accept questionable policies.
The well-funded casino developers have lavishly contributed to union leadership. Are the decisions being made strictly for the benefit of the membership?
Are we willing to blindly follow?
Or are we willing to question and analyze?
Casino gambling is failed policy costing states $3 for every tax dollar earned in gambling revenues.
We need to be honest with ourselves above all.

Mark D. Snyder said...

concerned about his little trip to China with the pharma industry. YUCK

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