David Mills, First Things First Thoughts, 9/30/2013
"Political leaders do not want to give a speech, cut a ribbon, or pose for photographs at the opening of a casino," David Blankenhorn points out in a new and damning study, New York's Promise: Why Sponsoring Casinos Is a Regressive Policy Unworthy of a Great State. "They understand that there is something unseemly about it, and even if they want the casinos to exist in order to get the money, politicians don't want to frequent, much less to become a symbol of or spokesman for, casinos and their values." Governor Andrew Cuomo "talks with comic-book hyperbole about ripple effects and super-charges and resorts and convention centers and boosting upstate tourism. But he knows – everyone paying any attention to this issue knows – that the gambling initiative is about New York's government getting the money." There isn't, David argues, any evidence for the governor's claims about the benefits of gambling, and the governor himself presents none, and a great deal of evidence against it.