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Archive for April 22nd, 2009

Prohibition is over.

Posted by ALmod on April 22, 2009

Please sign the bill, Mr. Riley.

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No Bingo in Argo

Posted by ALmod on April 22, 2009

Thank goodness.

It’s not that I have the typical Christian right stance on this, either.  Honestly, I’m all for personal responsibility, and I’m under no delusion that folks won’t just go and gamble elsewhere.  My concerns are driven by one thing– money.

No matter what supporters say, there’s no legal guarantee that Argo would have gotten its fair shake of proceeds from any gambling establishment here.  Alabama law just has too many loopholes, and I’m an all or nothing kind of girl.  Can gambling be used as a legitimate means to fund public projects and create jobs?  Yes, but only when done right.  We need a gaming commission and all the regulations that come with it.  We need to make sure that the local and state government will be getting enough money from these establishments to make having them worthwhile.  I don’t approve of a gambling ban, but I’m not willing to let them run amok, either.  Legalization with oversight and taxation seems like a happy medium.

Until we have some sort of oversight in place, I’m not buying the snake oil.

Posted in Argo, Local Government | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Sen. Shelby backs a bipartisan bill to beef up the SEC.

Posted by ALmod on April 22, 2009

Good for him!

I’m not Sen. Shelby’s biggest fan, but this is one thing I can get behind.  And while I do consider myself to be mostly conservative, I am in fact a moderate, which means that the SEC is part of the necessary government oversight that I support in that it protects us from criminal activity that has a very real impact on us all.

As was reported a while back, the FBI is positively backlogged with so many cases of public corruption and financial scams, which means that this stuff has been going on long enough.

Of course, this will increase federal spending– another very non-conservative stance– but again, I think this is one of those cases where I take exception.  And if it can prevent any future bank bailouts, it’s definitely going to save us money in the long run.

On a side note, it’s also refreshing to see the rare example of bipartisanship.

Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Legislation | Comments Off on Sen. Shelby backs a bipartisan bill to beef up the SEC.