It is not just in our neighborhood, or even in California that we are experiencing this uncontrolled casino growth. It is happening everywhere. This opinion piece in The Advocate details the continuous problem.
Vitter pushes casino curbs
The law of unintended consequences never was demonstrated more vividly than when the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988. Then, gambling on Indian reservations was a tiny industry based mostly on bingo.
It is a behemoth today.
At about $18 billion a year, with 400 casinos in 30 states, the tribal casinos are not only ubiquitous. They are also a considerable political force, having contributed very heavily to campaigns for Congress.
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