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Selling Used Cars and Casinos. 

The idea of expanded casino gaming in New Hampshire has become a used car sales lot.The whole idea of expanded casino gaming in New Hampshire is unraveling.

The evidence of this statement are everywhere.

Constant bickering between Statehouse parties,  reported statements and possibilities made to individuals like Jerry Gappens at NH Motor Speedway and the public relations by the Gov. office of course.

Generous public relations. Like a sales pitch for a used car. The ones with 150K on the odometer.

It’s also coming down to overselling.

This legislation has become like a used car lot where the salesmen including Gov. Hassan are trying to do anything to get sales support and get people to buy what they are selling.

Ask anyone who has ever worked in sales why this type of strategy ultimately fails:

It’s about the customers, and what the customer wants because it is the customer that has the money $$$$. Customer satisfaction is what drives sales not the other way around.  

Is this what the customers and voters of this state want?

I don’t see the answer to this question anywhere on the lot.

Have you noticed that everyone has a different line that they’re selling. I read an absurd one today in the Littleton Courier this one is from Rep. Gionet from Lincoln and it went something like this: “No one is paying any attention to my bill.”

I don’t know if this is true or not but not once have I ever sensed that this legislator has introduced legislation other than what he wants and supports.

Remember what I said about customer satisfaction.

The casino bills should all be killed. Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL).



Reader Comments (2)

On this issue Steve, we agree. Expanded gambling ala approving casinos will bring Las Vegas political dollars to New Hampshire in unprecedented amounts. Their monies have already have influence in our elections, let alone their megabucks buying the services of lobbyists at the N.H. Statehouse, and in years to come their influence can be enormous.

I remember my House and Senate days in the 1970s and early 1980s when the Rockingham Horse Racing Park by in its fading haydays. They wanted the state to have less of the "take" so that they could keep more and survive, and their influence in New Hampshire politics was substantial. Their campaign donation dollars, little "favors," and invites to legislators for free dinners and complimentary Park admission was extensive. What do you think will happen when we have a casino or two or three in New Hampshire?

Jim Rubins, former Republican State Senator, has been campaigning for years against expanded gambling. He was at a Portsmouth Herald forum this past Friday speaking on the issue. Senator Lou D'Allesandro, whom I respect and whose passion on important causes I have admired for years, spoke for his casino plan that Maggie Hassen is supporting.

I come down on Jim's side on this one. All are good people with best intent, but I think the bleak future of a New Hampshire with casinos that Jim Rubins paints is accurate. We don't need casinos. They will do nothing but sap up dollars from our economy and send them to out-of-state corporations while paying their employees here as few dollars as they can get away with.
March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
I'm not going to name names in my response but I'm sitting up here in northern New Hampshire watching what is being said to people to get them to "buy" this.

I don't know what is really worse here what they're saying or the fact some of the people are actually believing what is being said to them.

Had it gone correctly, or the policymakers were interested in statewide economic policy instead of jumping for a candy bar this expanded gaming proposal could have been something positive for New Hampshire, especially so in tourism development.

It isn't to be the case the last several weeks have shown this. I'll close this out by stating that I was hoping that when Gov. Hassan were elected she might do things a little bit differently than be another typical politician angling for the next election for lack of better words perhaps some type of visionary that could help NH start the next chapter of history.

This isn't to be the case either.
March 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterSteven J Connolly

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