Tribes' battle over casino is only about money
I am watching with great interest the battle between two venerable tribes in the state. This is not a battle over hunting rights. This is a battle about money. Cold, hard, cash and lots of it. I mean lots of it.
After years of trying, the Menominee Indian Tribe, one of the largest in Wisconsin, has gotten approval from the federal government to build a casino in Kenosha, where that dead dog track is located.
Needless to say that decision did not please the Potawatomi tribe.
My God, a casino just 40 miles away will absolutely ruin the millions of dollars in the coffers in Milwaukee.
Nonsense, said the federal government, which spent years examining the issue. But the feds made one bad mistake.
They said the casino could be built but only if Gov. Scott Walker approved. And Walker punted.
He said the other tribes that had casinos in the state (12 of them) would have to approve it before he would grant his approval.
Todd Robert Murphy, the sharp-tongued columnist for the Waukesha Freeman, said that was like asking Wendy's and Burger King if McDonald's could open a store across the street.
I almost never agree with the Republican Murphy, but in this case we are on the same side.
First of all, I like the idea of having a casino in Kenosha. The Potawatomi have had a monopoly on gambling in this area for too long.
But they have also spent years contributing to politics, including our governor. And they are going all-out, complete with a big campaign to stop this from going forward.
The only thing I don't like about this is our beloved governor who is dancing with the idea of running for president.
Fat chance. Just what we need. A president who can't even make a simple decision on a casino. What would happen, for God's sake, if he had to make a decision about something important?
I love the ads that "Enough Already, WI", aka The Potawatomi, are running on every form of media out there. My favorite is the one where the lady says "The Menominee want to build a casino that is 100's of miles off their reservation!" I find that interesting... I was unaware that the Potawatomi originally hailed from West Milwaukee. Walker needs to step up to the plate here and make the call. The Potawatomi lied, cheated and stole their way to everything they have right now, aided by Jim Doyle along the way. This would be a good bit of comeuppance for them.
Competition is good for the consumer. Pissyourwadaway will still have the hotel as an overall advantage. The F.I.B.'s will just stop at Kenosha on their way back home after a weekend in Milwaukee. Small hiccup for Milwaukee big bonus for the state.
Dave we all know this is about politics, the Potawatomi is the riches tribe in the state. Each member claiming about $70,000 a year in "Bingo" royalties. They normally align with your beloved Democratic party. So why should Walker piss them off. I always here the leftist talking points that Walker is against Milwaukee, in this case he is protecting Milwaukees intrest. Where is Tom Barrett on this issue? He stands with Walker.
I agree with you about as often as you do with Murphy.. but you are spot on. Poto is a cess pool. I would absolutely love another option "close" by.
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