Mayor Rahm Emanuel has only the noblest reasons for wanting to bring keno, poker, blackjack, slot machines, baccarat and craps to Chicago. He wants to do it for the children.
“As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, if we were to get a casino, I’d like to direct all the resources to school modernization and school improvement so our kids will be in modern school buildings with a full school day and full school year,” Emanuel told Ward Room.
That’s nice, but if we’re going to start engaging in adult vices on behalf of our children, why stop with gambling? There are plenty of other morally degrading habits we can adopt to help the kids out.
Emanuel could raise a lot of money by turning Chicago into a Pottersville, Ill., a sin city of taverns, dance halls, nightclubs, casinos, strip joints, and marijuana dispensaries. It would be a wonderful place to raise children.
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