I'm all for the Tiguas getting their casino back. Heck, I'm all for anyone of any ethnic background on any land here in Texas having their own Casino. A truly free society means letting people piss away their earnings on rigged games. Why not let everybody participate?
The El Paso Times opinion piece today expresses their wishes for the casino to be reopened legally after the state legislature passes a law allowing them to do so. You can read it HERE.
I do have some issue with their wording and where they place blame in the piece. I'm not too keen on the idea that their initial shutdown was because of "John Cornyn." He was the state attorney general at the time and the Tiguas were flat out breaking the law. It was his job to go after law breakers.
They were told exactly what they could not do and they did it any way. John Cornyn wasn't their problem, their inability to follow the rules, work within the system and play the game was their problem. When they finally decided to play the game, they got in a hurry again and hired Jack Abramoff and friends - wasting millions of their own dollars to get nowhere. I can't stress enough that the Tiguas were the creators of their own problems and can blame no one else but themselves.
The article does take a moment to at least give the ills of gambling a nod. I appreciated that. There's more to this than just the Tiguas making lots of money. There are people out there who will make decisions severely detrimental to their financial, social and psychological well being. There are avenues to deal with that. Those few that make those mistakes and go way too far are no reason to keep everyone else from having fun.
However, I don't want to read another story in the El Paso Times crying about the amount of people in El Paso who do not have health insurance. Ground zero for the uninsured inEl Paso is the area closest to the casino right now. The majority of the uninsured (both automotive and health!!!!) live right in that area. It's a fact. The Times and everyone else is going to have to shut their mouths when it comes to those people spending their extra money on the slots instead of health insurance.
I don't want to hear it anymore. The uninsured are uninsured because they choose to be. If you're in Speaking Rock on Saturday night blowing your paycheck and whining on Monday when you can't get the medical you need for cheap, I don't feel sorry for you. The same way you don't feel sorry for me when I make poor decision with my money and can't afford to do something or get something that's very important to me.
If the Times and the local elected delegation want this so bad, they are going to have to deal with the fact that some of the people they bitch about not having health insurance are going to be in that casino moving further and further away from every insuring themselves. I don't want to hear the bitching.
Open the casino. Let the tribe make their money. Don't cry about what El Pasoans can't afford.