Gambling In The United States Essay

  • Gambling In The United States

    Gambling in the United States

    In the last year Americans have wagered $482 billion dollars
    in the United States. Over eighty-five percent of this wagering took
    place in casinos which are now legal in twenty-seven states. In the
    past decade there has been incredible growth in the gambling industry.
    Twenty years ago if a person wanted to gamble they had to go to
    Nevada. Nowadays, there are only six states in which no form of
    legalized gambling exists. Proponents of the gambling industry feel
    that this growth is a good thing a nd that it is helping the national
    economy. However, there are many opponents that feel that gambling is
    hurting families and society. Indeed, there needs to be a limit to the
    growth of the gambling industry, although, this industry does have
    some merit s they don't outweigh the costs to society. Proponents of
    the gaming industry insist that gambling is good clean fun, and that
    so many people enjoying something can't be wrong. In fact, proponents
    are quick to point out that fun is not the only issue; in addition,
    these new casinos have created thousands of jobs. Furthermore, not
    only have casinos created new jobs, but there has been an increase in
    tax revenue for the cities that have casinos. Indeed, the increase in
    tax revenues has helped to rebuild some rundown inner cities and river
  • fronts areas. These people argue there is little reason to worry about
    gambling as most people will only lose a small amount of money and
    will have a fun time losing it. However, opponents insist that most of
    the jobs created are low paying and offer little opportunity for the
    worker to progress. Furthermore, the creation of these casino jobs
    have taken away jobs from other areas of the economy. For inezce,
    restaurants near casinos are being forced out of business by the cheep
    buffets that casinos offer to draw people in. Many people argue that
    casinos have not created any significant increases in the number of
    jobs. Some analysis's point to a four percent growth in areas with
    legalized gambling this is nearly the same as the rest of the nation.
    Additionally, it seems that most of the business for these new casinos
    is coming from the surrounding areas bringing in few tourists.
    Consequently, there is no real growth and all this doe s is move money
    around in the same economy. Indeed, many of the people that are
    spending their money gambling are the same people that can least
    afford to lose it. For inezce, the lottery is most heavily
    advertised in poor neighborhoods where it is advertised as a way out
    of poverty. Opponents feel that gambling is like a tax on the poor.
    The poor, those making under ten thousand a year, are spending more
    money in proportion to their income than any other group. These
    people, who can least afford it, are spending money on a dream. The

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