IS THERE OPPOSITION TO A CASINO DOWNTOWN?
Yesterday, the Mercanti brothers proposed a $200,000,000 Casino downtown. The more eloquent of the brothers, Peter, managed to cast doubt on the existence of an anti-casino camp:
“Who are these people? What is their background? What have they done? They get almost all the same weight as the people who really count. It shocks me.”
Hamilton social media users on Twitter and Facebook began abandoning their accounts by the thousands. “We realized that we actually don’t matter that much,” says active twitter user, @theninjasquad. “Mercanti is right. We’re not rich, we don’t hold powerful positions, and deep down inside we all really want a casino. The #HamOnt community is dead. Look for yourself. We’re now a social
media ghost town.”
100s OF MINI-CASINOS DOWNTOWN
Dick Scott, the outspoken billionaire who made his money on lottery kiosks, unveiled his plan last night to a packed City Hall. “A slot machine for every store, and every store becomes a casino. You’ve got stores that sell tin-can bullshit art and make $5000 a year. Trust me, when they see how much one slot machine makes the opposition to the casino will disappear overnight. Mercanti got it wrong yesterday: It’s the people who don’t matter that gamble the most. The art walkers, the
crackheads, and even the bleeding hearts on Twitter. They don’t pay taxes. This is their tax. They want to gamble. It’s the government getting its money back. I’m just not afraid to say it. Hell, I’ll still support a cockfighting venue, too.”
Mercanti was right about one thing: Downtown does
want a casino. Following Scott’s proposal, a poll of 300 business owners who make over $1M per year, resulted in 98% support, with a margin of error of 2%.
For more on the casino debate:
- UPDATE: ONLINE COCKFIGHTS RESOLVE CASINO/URBAN CHICKEN DEBATE – EVERYONE’S HAPPY
- GAMBLING ACTIVISTS: “DOWNTOWN IS OVERRUN BY HIPSTERS AND ARTISTS”