Legalized gambling has taken a lot of heat lately, but is it well deserved? Gambling adds fuel to the economic engine that cycles money around and helps many communities blossom into towns with flourishing economies. Native American casinos allow them to invigorate their struggling economy and community. Our nation was built on government run gambling and lotteries. Despite what some believe, compulsive gambling is not accepted as an uncontrollable disorder. The United States has benefited from gambling during early America, and now many communities are being assisted by the impact gambling has on their economies.
Casinos and other forms of gambling are significant factors in the growth of many communities’ economies. Some people will have others think that a store that sells a product is more beneficial to the economy, however that is not necessarily true. When someone places a bet that money goes towards paying the employees of the casino (Worsnop). Shannon Bybee the director for the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada says it’s misleading to compare spending money on gambling to spending on consumer goods (Worsnop). “Gambling doesn’t produce a product, but it does produce an experience. It’s part of the economical engine that zips money through the economy turning it over and over again,” Bybee said (Worsnop). In fact, the great
Greek philosopher Plato agreed with her since he once said, “money alone sets all the world in motion” (Plato).
Undeniably riverboat casinos help provide desperate communities with economical help that cannot be attained through other forms of entertainment or product stores. For example, gambling in Tunica County, Mississippi revitalized the local economy (Salomon 130). Before there were casinos the U.S. Department of Commerce called Mississippi’s Tunica County the poorest in the nation with a per capita income $5868, but after the casinos came in that certainly changed because the per capita income nearly...