Make Him Offer He Can’t Refuse…
GOP Senators Move to Outlaw Online Gaming
It’s about time to turn the lights off on the Obama Administration. Supposedly, Trump is coming and he’s going to drain the swamp. Easier said than done.
In the twilight of a second term presidency, the Lame Duck session is a playground of paybacks and cronyism. The back-room deals are not restricted to one side of the aisle. Most everyone who stays in the swamp of congress for any length of time gets dirty, and those in leadership have learned to embrace the scum. Many of them learn to profit immensely from it.
One thing is for sure, when a man like Sheldon Adelson, the head of a gambling empire calls, you answer it. You answer it even if you are kind of a big deal, the way Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is. Mitch did a lot more than take the call — he’s playing ball. Which is, of course, a wise move when confronted with a Billionaire looking to unload some cash.
Mr. Adelson and his wife planted a generous $20 million into the Senate Leadership Fund. The name doesn’t hide anything, does it? The Senate Leadership Fund is a Super Pac run by Steven Law, the former Chief of Staff to, coincidentally, Mitch McConnell. Even more ironic is the fact that the very next day after the money was planted in the fertile ground of the Senate Super Pac…a bill that outlaws online gaming was put forth by Senate Republican’s.
The bill was presented by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, co-sponsored by none other than Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and –this one is gonna hurt –Mike Lee of Utah. Someone should have told Mike to be careful who you hang around in the swamp. They may say they are trying to protect children from gambling, but the truth is they need to ban online gaming because it is cutting substantially into the profits of brick and mortar casinos in Las Vegas and other places owned by Mr. Adelson.
In the old days, a simple horse-head in bed with a guy would cause him to straighten right up and get something done. Nowadays, how is a casino king supposed to muscle out gaming competition floating in the cloud? Only one way to do that…get a hold of your friends in government and call in a favor. A favor that costs $20 million and all you can eat at the Sands buffet for life.
When you need to make good on a promise to a man like Adelson, you don’t want to come up short and worry about votes going the wrong way. The GOP Senators are working to get their online gaming ban snuck into an appropriations bill to provide good cover to any Republican or Democrat voting for the destruction of a legal and popular American business.
Quietly burying the online gaming ban in a must-pass bill is a mistake and a flat-out betrayal of conservative core values. I guess selling out your beliefs has never stopped GOP Senatorial leadership before, and I guess it won’t now.