I’m sitting here watching the emails and posts come in attacking my support for the casino initiative ( issue #6 ). It’s interesting because attacks are coming from the right and the left.

I’ve had long discussions with people on both sides of the issue in an attempt to pinpoint the specific reasons each side is opposing it.

Everyone seems dead set against this specific bill (just like they were with the last one) but their reasons, with all due respect, all seem like a lot of bullshit to me.

Funny thing though: no one seems to be against gambling or casinos in Ohio, they just seem to be against this bill.

Strange, right?

Everyone seems to agree that Ohio should allow some kind of gambling but no one can agree on the details.

As a result, every couple of years we all gang up on the current proposal because one or two details don’t fit our vision of the perfect solution.

I plan to address each side in different posts, but here is my short answer to everyone on both sides:

Get over yourselves.

Democrats are against it because it hurts the poor too much. Boo hoo. Republicans are against it because they are worried how it will play out with religious voters. Blah!

For fuck’s sake, even the pro-business, small-government Buckeye Institute is publishing articles about how this bill DOESN’T RAISE TAXES ENOUGH on the casino business!

Enough with the lame-ass excuses already.

You are all acting like a bunch of libertarians: supporting some ideal yet ridiculously unattainable goal that you know will never, ever, ever happen.

Politics is about compromises, people; and success is achieved by getting movement in the right direction. If you agree that Ohio should allow gambling, then get put on your damn compromise hat and stop acting like a spoiled little kid.

You don’t have to publicly support this bill. But you should seriously consider voting for it.

At the very least, stop attacking it with your half-assed arguments and your silly excuses.