Protectionism at Work

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Thanks to reader Robert Neinast for sending this ad, which appeared in the Columbus Dispatch.

In case you can’t read the fine print at the bottom, it says:

Paid for by: California Indian Nations Gaming Commission

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18 Responses to “Protectionism at Work”

  1. #1 |  BillC | 

    Foreign interests are buying US elections!

  2. #2 |  Bad Medicine | 

    … speechless…

  3. #3 |  KrisV | 

    + 1 for the creepy pic of Reid in the ad.

  4. #4 |  Sean L. | 

    I wish my kids were that cool at her age.

  5. #5 |  Mike | 

    She’s bluffing.

  6. #6 |  Jeremy H. | 

    The Bootlegger in Baptist’s clothing.

  7. #7 |  Scott | 

    They even go against other currently non-gaming tribes to prevent them from joining the league and thereby increasing competition. They used their clout to help block the developments of off-reservation casinos in the desert in SoCal by other tribes not in their little collective.

  8. #8 |  Mo | 

    I will say, things like this make me glad that lobbying groups like this are forced to disclose who paid for the ad.

  9. #9 |  Coyote | 

    I’m a poker buff, and I felt pretty iffy about that bill. On one hand, the status quo right now isn’t sustainable and at least it would legalize online poker. On the other hand, it was ultra favorable to already existing brick-and-mortar casinos at the expense of FT, PS, and other sites.

  10. #10 |  cw | 

    > The Bootlegger in Baptist’s clothing.

    Yup, Jeremy H!

    Doesn’t the California Indian Nations Gaming Commission know that any political organization must use a name that obfuscates or even misleads the public about what they actually do? They should’ve called themselves “The Fair Gaming” commision or some similar misleading nonsense! ;)

  11. #11 |  Richard Pinney | 

    or California Nations Indian Gaming Association

  12. #12 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    Is the world a better place because the organization who paid for the ad was required to identify itself?

  13. #13 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    When are we going to dismantle the failed reservation system, stop treating Native Americans like some kind of museum exhibit and finally take real steps to integrate them into the mainstream of our nation?

  14. #14 |  FelipesCableRepair | 

    I’ll go one step further — unless you live in WA, the proposed bill was a clear downgrade over the status quo:
    1) The 15-month online blackout period for licensing would’ve effectively taken away the livelihood of every online pro. Also, I’d wager that a substantial number of casual players would never return to online play if made to go without for 15 months
    2) The 20% tax on revenue would be partially passed onto players in the form of higher rakes thus turning lots of currently winning players into losing players

    Against that, I’ll take the status quo.

  15. #15 |  Random Guy on the Internet | 

    What people do in the privacy of their own home should be of no concern to politicians in DC or State capitols.

    Why do we need a bill to legalize online poker anyway? It’s not illegal anywhere except Washington state.

  16. #16 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I’m willing to consider their position because they clearly state it is for the chillrens.


    When are we going to dismantle the failed reservation system…and finally take real steps to integrate them into the mainstream of our nation?

    I hope never. What the USG did to the native population was terrible. It should be up to the native Americans how they integrate with the USA, not the USG’s decision. I only wish they’d actually let them be “real” sovereign nations.

    Wishing someone to be integrated into the mainstream of this nation is just a terrible thing to do to someone.

  17. #17 |  Joshgeek | 

    I think they’re just afraid that 8year old rounders will school all the pros. :P

  18. #18 |  smurfy | 

    I live in Reno and one of the CA tribal casinos just put up a billboard that I kinda like. It’s on the way out of town, heading back to California.

    “Reno: the biggest little drive on earth.”

    Spells out a big part of what’s behind their internet power grab. As an aside, non gamblers in Nevada really can benefit from all the loss leaders the casinos throw out to fill rooms. Of course you have to be be a High roller big loser to really earn comps.