On the question of using gambling revenue to hide irresponsible democrat spending, State Senator Maggie Hassan was quoted in this mornings Union Leader saying.
"My question is, does prohibition work? I don't think it does."
It's quite entertaining, the things desperate people say when they are under the gun to cover their own ass. The left overspent again, overestimated revenue again, and now they have a cancerous deficit sucking away at them in an election year. So what do they do? They make an excuse for the state to embrace behavior people will (according to Maggie Hassan) participate in anyway, gambling. Gee Maggie, name for me one behavior the state has prohibited that no one participates in anymore? There are none. From double parking to premeditated murder the state has failed to stop people from exhibiting any flaws of the human condition.
So this is an interesting position for someone whose life as a legislator has been to prohibit and regulate things. All kinds of things. So we are at an interesting impasse. If prohibition doesn't work, what do we need Maggie Hassan for?
Well, I guess we need her to take campaign money from the gambling lobby to ensure that she can continue to be the kind of state Senator who prohibits behavior through taxes and legislation.
No contradiction there.