Date: Friday, February 17 2006
Topic: Canadian News
Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich--something for nothing. George Bernard Shaw
The state in Alberta is addicted to gambling and the proftis from gambling which putrevenues into the governments coffers equivalent to other business, oil, gas and personal taxes. Gambling produces over $1-billion dollars annually in profits for the Province of Alberta
And we have Premier who is also addicted. Just like he is to booze and smoking. And with the Ralph Reich we have seen the government download its responsibilities to charities, who have become addicted to gambling revenues because of the states failure to provide adequate funding for them. In fact privatization of gambling in Alberta coincided, not coincidentally, with the down turn in the economy in the eighties, and as a result of its success an new form of mass gambling was introduced,VLT's, as the Klein government created a debt and deficit hysteria to justify reducing funding to the public sector. Wide spread success of the VLTs and expansion of privatized gambling was part of the governments overall privatization of public services strategy, whatever could be sold off or privatized was.History of Gaming in Alberta
Indeed every single school and hospital in Alberta relies on it to top up its funding by casinos and bingos, which were once the pervue of the Non-profit community leagues, boy scouts and girl guides. Now gambling is used to offset government funding shortfalls.
Alberta has an increasing gambling addiction problem. Until now. The Alberta government has come up with a solution for gambling addicts.
Problem gamblers to get help in casinos
Yep its the Alberta way. And you don't lose any of that gambling money the government is addicted to. I wonder what brilliant genius thought this up.
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