Friday, May 18, 2007

Texas shoots down Indian casinos again

Way back when Shrub ran things in Texas, the state shut down two of the then three Indian casinos in the state. For some reason the one in Eagle Pass escaped unnoticed.

Some people think it might have had something to do with the fact that Jack Abramoff represented Indian casinos in Louisiana (close to the Texas casino in Livingston that competed in the same market) and casinos in New Mexico (close to the Texas casino in El Paso that competed in the same market). Of course, that might mean George Bush is a crook, so the possibility never really got looked into after he left Texas for greener pastures.

Recently some of the lege in Texas tried to pass a bill bringing back the two closed casinos (both had poker). It didn't pass. Maybe next time.

The part I really liked was this quote --
Rep. Will Hartnett, R-Dallas, called the tribes criminals for previously running casinos that were found to violate the law.

We can't let crooks run casinos. Just wouldn't be right.

Another good argument was that since Indian tribes have a history of providing illegal combatants during the Indian Wars we shouldn't allow them outside of the reservations.

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