Gambling is impoverishing America.
It is taking the money needed to feed and clothe children.
It is destroying the moral fabric of our nation.
It is increasing the wealth of the crime syndicates.
Since part of the money is being used to buy off politicians, it is corrupting our political system on all levels,
It is causing otherwise good citizens to enter crime, in order to pay off gambling debts.
It is causing an increase in suicides.
Because of the poverty and crime it brings, it is not decreasing—but increasing—the cost of running state governments, Here are facts you should know:
“The gambling craze has swept the country with the avariciousness of a prairie fire . . The flames are out of control.”—Columnist Arthur Daley, in the New York Times.
In 1984 alone, Americans wagered $177 billion on gambling. That is twice as much as was spent that year on education and fifteen times as much as was donated to all the churches and religious organizations in the nation.
The July 10, 1989, issue of Time magazine reported that the yearly gambling estimate had increased greatly.
The estimated amount of money changing hands each year in illegal betting alone surpasses our national debt, which is $2.15 trillion.
Here is a basic fact. If you forget everything else in this report, remember this: Every time someone wins at gambling, someone else loses. If one man wins a million dollars in a state lottery, the other people in the state who took part lost a million dollars. Actually, they lost more, since the winner only received part of the money wagered.
Oddly enough, the only people who win are the ones who do not gamble. Yet even they lost, since the morals of society are being destroyed, their own taxes will increase to pay the increased welfare and crime costs, and, if someone in their home is a gambler, they may have part of their daily bread.
In 1976 alone, $145 million was paid into the State of Maryland by gamblers. That... [continues]
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