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BY MARY ELLEN KLAS
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE -- As legislative budget negotiations reached a stalemate Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe offered the state a financial lifeline: $1.1 billion in cash over two years in return for giving the tribe a gambling monopoly.
Originally posted by breakingdradles
Wow, you took this story a different way then I did.
To me it looks like a business trying to buy a monopoly from the government.
What if Microsoft offered 100 billion to the US Government to shut down Apple?
Is this not the same thing?
Originally posted by PH43DRUS
reply to post by breakingdradles
What if, instead, Microsoft just persecuted Apple's employees, moved them all to Kansas, and stole all of their assets?
Kind of reminds me of what happened to Native Americans when the New World was 'discovered' . . .
What is the big problem here? If it is done right, with some kind of tax or kickbacks going to the state, maybe this way us Floridians can save some of our teachers' and other state employees' jobs. Don't the Seminoles at least somewhat deserve this too? I mean, their entire culture and livelihood (along with countless other tribes) were essentially destroyed by the conquistadors and European settlers over the last few hundred years.
Plus, maybe, just maybe, I won't have to drive 2+ hours to Melbourne, Daytona, or Tampa to play in a real poker game!
Originally posted by Maxmars
reply to post by PH43DRUS
I don't begrudge the Seminole's any opportunity they can seize or make. But it does concern me that the term 'monopoly' could be considered as a 'secondary' concern over the money itself.
There is a reason monopolies are not compatible with our socio-economic practices (in theory). Why would it be a prerequisite condition that it be a monopoly? Are we suddenly trading federal reserve credits for permanent economic power? I dunno, it just seems to go against the grain of fair business practices.