I fully expect to get flamed for this thread, but hey, that's the nature of on-line forums, right? Anyway,, The town of Middleborough, MA, recently voted (overwhelmingly) to permit an Indian casino to be built in their town. Middleborough is a sleeply bedroom community, the type of place people move to, in order to escape big cities and congested suburbs. It's the type of place some of you may have only seen on a postcard. That may change soon. The state of MA presently does not permit Casino Gambling, but a bill to change this is now being considered by the legislature. When the legislature returns in the fall, the gaming company lobbyists will be all over the state house like flies on,,well, you know. If the bill to allow casino gambling passes the legislature and is signed into law (No one seems to know what Governor Patrick's position is on this yet. Whether he signs it, vetoes it, or let's it sit on his desk for ten days, and become law by default, is up in the air.) Middleborough will have the final go ahead to build a planned, enormous casino-resort complex, on par with the two huge ones in Connecticut. A lot of people, including a lot of senior citizens, want this to happen. "It will create jobs, and really bolster the economy!" we are told, sometimes ad nauseum. So, what's my problem? It's just this: This country has lost almost all of its manufacturing jobs. Even the simplest of kitchen tools are made in China. Shoes, clothes, toys, (presently in the news) and pretty much everything else is made in China, a nation which, forty years ago, referred to the U.S. as "imperialist running dogs". My, how things have changed. Jobs that used to employ Americans for decades at a time simply aren't there anymore. I'm sure everyone agrees that not everyone is cutout to be a software engineer, graphics designer, or investment banker. Someone has to make the steel, patrol the streets, build the buildings, wire the buildings, solder the components onto the PC boards, and machine the parts. Apparently, such people aren't part of "the new economy". Shouldn't the fact that so many people, including a huge number of elected officials, are touting legalized casino gambling as a means to "bring the economy back", be setting off alarms? Or am I the only one bothered by this? All I can think of, are the senior citizens I see at my local convenience store, who throw away twenty, thirty, even a hundred bucks, on the foolish scratch lottery tickets, then get excited when the have "a ten dollar winner, right here!" As the kids on AOL say, "WTF?" Have at it.