It was the point at which Adam resolutely insisted, in no uncertain terms, that Middleboro needed a casino - in such a way as to imply that the consequences of not having a casino spelled certain doom for the small town. (...Which is really kind of weird when you think about it - since every now and then lately, he'll say something about trying to get out of the intergovernmental agreement, which it's pretty obvious it doesn't want to do.)
Well anyway, that's when Billy sort of guffawed. The town doesn't need a casino, he said. Some people might want one. It could benefit some people, like himself, but heck, the earth wasn't going to open up and swallow the town whole if it didn't get a casino. The town would survive.
And he's right. Middleboro doesn't need a casino. I mean - do other towns in the area have a casino? No. Does any town in Massachusetts have a casino? No.
Then what makes Middleboro so destitute? Why is it's particular situation so dire, it's problems so insurmountable, that it cannot scratch and dig itself out of this reputably fathomless financial hole? Has it no highway access? No vast amounts of land? A shortage of labor? A dedicated and intelligent leadership at it's helm?
So why is it that a 340 year old town cannot creak out another year without a casino?
Well now, that later that same day I opened up the Brockton Enterprise to find this little gem about Raynham Dog Track owner George Carney and how he's musing over a new rezoning and development proposal for the track property.
Noting the town will lose $400,000 in annual revenue when the park shuts down, Carney said rezoning and developing the site to resemble a small village with a train station could mean "bringing $600,000 to $7000,000 to the town in revenue within eight to 10 years."You're kidding me, right? Isn't this the same George Carney who, only a few short months ago, seemed to imply that the world was going to end in a horrible firey blaze if the State voted to end dog racing? So much for that, huh?
George Carney was never going to change his mind about dog racing. It took the State to do it. We have to look forward. Casinos don't help bad situations - they just make them worse. They increase costs, cause social problems, create regulatory bureaucracies, and never live up to their hype. New Jersey - 43,000 slot machines and it's asking the government for handout... When does it end?
When people stop believing they need casinos - that's when.
You know who needs casinos? Casino investors. That's who.
By taking the position that the town cannot survive without a casino - a philosophy ungrounded in reality - Mr. Bond is once again basing his beliefs and actions on a fiction.
The Tribe was never going to walk - that was pretty obvious. A casino was never inevitable. And the agreement sure didn't turn out to be that golden calf he promised.
Billy's right (but just this time). The town doesn't need a casino. But for some reason, maybe Adam does.