snoqueen wrote:The Indians found a loophole in the law that allows them to run a business perfectly legally, and a number of tribes are doing well as a result. Customers show up voluntarily, just as they do at a tavern. The tribes take the proceeds and spend them according to their own wishes. What could be more American?
It's perfectly fair for potential competitors to try and fend off DeJope's new facility. It's perfectly fair to question whether we want gambling, or bars, or night clubs, or strip joints, or power plants, or giant hog farms, in our towns. But let's lay off the "poor Indians" arguments and treat the tribes like anyone else who puts forth a business proposal. Treating people as business equals is dignified and respectful. To imagine that permitting casinos represents a special favor or has big symbolic implications is demeaning and deluded, if you ask me.
I agree and I think you make a good point, but it is important to remember that in this case the "loophole" is in fact a deal that was made with the tribes in the form of a treaty that gave them sovereign rights as a separate nation on their land...a separate nation that can make their own decisions. The fact that it is a successful business is great for them and obviously there's a market as people patronize the casino.
Personally, I'm not crazy about a casino, and I'd rather see the land used for lots of other things (i.e. set aside as conservation space and we'd all go there to hug trees--but that doesn't make money, does it?). But, it seems to me that this is not like other "business proposals" from other sources, because the tribe has a treaty saying that they are not bound by federal laws on tribal land. I just think that the deal signed with the tribe should be honored, and if that means they get to put a casino on their land, so be it.
MadMind wrote:P.S. Roadkillbill, my gentlemans club idea is awesome and you know it!':D'
As far as business proposals go, I agree... the idea of a gentleman's club is way better than a casino...seems the casino market has to become saturated at some point?
Think they'd have a ladies night?':wink:'