Legalizing gambling in Texas has been a controversial topic for many years now and I support the legalization of gambling in Texas, although I acknowledge the negative aspects it could bring to our great state. My attention in writing this paper is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the legalization of gambling and why I believe in doing this, it could increase are revenue and improve the economy.
One of the major negative aspects of gambling in my opinion would have to be addiction on a personal basis. I believe this goes hand in hand with a new criminal element being brought in. It allows many people with addictive personalities to destroy their lives and those around them. But let’s get real, anybody with a car can hop in it drive an hour and gamble their heart out. Most people already have access to gambling in Texas weather it be some small gas station scam or online with Google. Addiction is all around us. People can go to the store everyday and get addicted to nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, ECT. Isn’t it a little hypocritical to say we can be addicted to that stuff but not gambling? People should be able to do what they want with their lives and their money, or live and let live as some would like to say. Sure Texas has done a great job at discouraging gambling laws but in reality it’s just a speed bump for many. If the people want to gamble let it be their choice.
If you were to drive to Oklahoma or Louisiana and look around the casinos parking lot u would find that more than half of the license plates are from Texas. Now tell me why all that revenue should go to those other states when we could simply build our own casinos, keep that revenue, and rebuild our own economy? Ya I’m sure all that money won’t go to rebuilding our economy but on the point of covering the budget deficit, any extra revenue is beneficial at this point. What I’m saying is adding an extra 1$ billion or so a year can only help.
Not to mention the...