The Wisconsin State Journal has long been a right wing free-trade loving anti-protectionist newspaper. They tout the wonders of every free trade deal that comes along and are against every kind of protectionist policy that is desperately needed to help bring back manufacturing to the US. In spite of all of this rhetoric, one of their priorities, as they see it, is to bring jobs back to the state. All well and good even if their priorities are working directly against each other. Then today they come out with an editorial saying NO to building a casino in Beloit. While Beloit has the highest unemployment rate in the state, I guess these jobs are not good enough for the WSJ.
The Ho-Chunk Nation, headquartered in Black River Falls, told the Beloit Daily News this week that the tribe is working to develop a casino in Beloit. The Ho-Chunk spent $4 million on 26 acres of land last year that had been the proposed site of a previous pitch for a casino by the St. Croix and Bad River Chippewa tribes, the newspaper reported.
The lure of casino jobs and a new revenue stream for local and state governments may sound enticing. But this is a bad bet for Rock County and Wisconsin.
The new casino would merely compete for the same dollars already being spent on gambling. And the state’s cut of the casino’s profit would be offset by smaller takes elsewhere.
Enough is enough.
Let’s focus on expanding the good-paying jobs of the future instead of falling back on this same old wager that won’t pay off.
SO now the Wisconsin State Journal (ie Scott Milfred) is against the free market and competition. I am not suite sure what he is for.