States like New Jersey are pushing new, Internet-based forms of gambling because they are dependent on the rewards gambling produces. Is Governor Chris Christie addicted? Read More
The government pretends it taxes tobacco and alcohol to discourage the use, but they'd actually be horrified if it had that effect. In essence, what they are really saying is that if you are willing to voluntarily throw your money away on stupid crap, you should be obligated to throw some of it at the state. I object to sin taxes because it's a conflict of interest; the government is benefiting directly from something it is supposed to be be regulating and discouraging. However, it's still *voluntary*, and a person doesn't have to participate. Income tax is not really voluntary; the only way you can not participate is not have an income, or cheat your taxes. You can't simply decide to not participate.
Addicts have a responsibility for their own actions, and will have to address their problems, or throw their money at the state.
I think the difference is that government is in a position where they need to market and expand gambling options - in the cases of alcohol and tobacco, they left that to private entrepreneurs and even passed laws restricting marketing, advertising, and products (especially those that appealed to youths).
Sure, everyone loves to gamble . . . if they win. But, the person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road.
I recently published a second book, Switching Addictions, describing additional issues that confront the recovering addict. If a person who has an addictive personality, doesn’t admit to at least two addictions, he’s not being honest. Until the underlying issues have been resolved, the person will continue to switch addictions. These are two books you might consider adding to your library. I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than twelve years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world. (www.femalegamblers.info). I have been interviewed many times, and appeared on the 60 Minutes show in January 2011, which was moderated by Leslie Stahl.
Looks like Governor Christie is addicted to something, and it is not healthy living.
You must be really desperate for cash if the definition for “ premier destination for tourism and entertainment” is place for your tourists to lose their shirts by applying magical thinking to their visit.
Only a Ed Thorpe or Nate Silver can work out the odds in their favor.
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Stanton Peele, PhD, JD, is the author of Recover! He has been a pioneer in the addiction field since publication of Love and Addiction in 1975.
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