Baccarat Will Save Us All
Governor Charlie Crist has a plan to solve Florida's budget deficit. Everyone plays and loses at baccarat.
Crist clearly is hoping that the prospect of the state drawing a much-needed cash infusion from baccarat, black jack and other games the deal would okay at tribal casinos will eventually wear down opposition. House Speaker Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, has sued Crist saying he overstepped his authority in approving the compact without seeking approval from the Legislature, with arguments before the Florida Supreme Court set for Jan. 30.
The budget shortfall will be $2 billion for 2008 and it could get be worse if the housing market continues to tank. Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples warns, "Our 2009 budget is not going to be any better." The gambling deal with the Seminoles will only bring an estimated $100 million to the state.
I'm on the fence about gambling. If people choice to blow their money that is up to them. If I was Governor, I would probably make the Seminole deal before the Interior Department gave approval without Florida getting a dime. Thankfully, we have Republicans using tax dollars to fight the deal in court. Thank God for fiscal conservatism.
I wish Crist would not sell the gambling deal as the answer to all fiscal foes. It's dishonest and will only put him in a bigger hole when voters wise up. Crist made the same mistake overselling property tax reform. Then again, Crist is an economic iliterate.