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Good-bye Fast Eddie

Plains Township police charged a man with hitting his soon-to-be ex-wife’s head on the ground because she refused to give him money.

According to the cops the guy’s estranged wife had money for a raffle basket she was preparing for a friend. When she wouldn’t give him the money, he went ballistic and threatened to kill her. When she ran, he tackled her and banged her head off the pavement.

Can you guess where this happened?

That’s right, outside the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Now to be fair it’s possible he wanted the money to take an injured puppy he found alongside the road to the pet emergency room.

Think not?

Well, probably not. He probably wanted the money to gamble in the casino.

What do you think Ed Rendell would say about this?

Based on what he said to Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes here’s what he would say about our head-banger: “Well, if he wasn’t banging her head off the pavement in Pennsylvania, then he’d be banging her head of the pavement in Atlantic City. And if you don’t believe that you’re an idiot and a simpleton.”

On 60 Minutes when Leslie Stahl asked Fast Eddie if casino gambling creates new gamblers he said, “The biggest downside is that some people lose their paychecks. But understand, Lesley, they’re not losing their paychecks because Pennsylvania instituted gaming. These people were losing their paychecks in Atlantic City, in Delaware at the racetracks, or in West Virginia.”

“Don’t you understand?” he said later in the interview. “You guys don’t get that. You’re simpletons. You’re idiots if you don’t get that. That’s the answer and it’s the right answer.”

A few days later he blamed Stahl and 60 minutes for the outburst, not himself.

Kind of wussie that, don’t you think?

So, anyway, are we to believe not a single new gambler was created by Mohegan Sun? Not a single person from NEPA lost his or her paycheck at Mohegan Sun who wouldn’t have lost it in Atlantic City or somewhere else?

Nobody who just turned 21 from, say, the Berwick area which is 200 miles from Atlantic City gambled at Mohegan Sun who hadn’t already been to AC?

Yeah, right.

More happenings at the casino. At 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday a man was arrested, police say, for urinating in the casino lobby and fighting with police.

Ah, what the heck, you know you’re a simpleton and an idiot if you don’t get it that if the guy wasn’t urinating in a casino lobby and fighting with police at Mohegan Sun he’d be doing it in Atlantic City. And crap, why should Atlantic City have all the fun?

By the way, he was intoxicated. No, not Rendell, the urinater.

Do you think the casino will get in trouble for serving an intoxicated person. Maybe a little, but nearly as much as the owners of a mom and pop bar would be in if an intoxicated person urinated on their floor.

Of all the slobbering over what a great governor Rendell was, one of the most galling praises was the claim that more than $4 billion “invested” in economic-development programs created more than 300,000 jobs and retained 100,000 other jobs.

What a crock.

Where did the $4 billion come from? It was taken out of our pockets and out of the profits of businesses.

Wouldn’t the $4 billion have had a more stimulative effect if it were left where it belonged to be spent or invested by the people and businesses it was taken from?

Yes.

That’s the answer and it’s the right answer.

To quote Thomas Sowell:

As for "redevelopment" and its alleged benefits, you can make almost anything look like a big success just by pouring enough of the taxpayers’ money down a bottomless pit.

Subsidizing one particular location can indeed improve that particular location. Who could have doubted it? You could air-condition Hell if you spent enough money.

If "blighted" areas could be turned into showcase shopping malls or industrial parks at a cost that made sense, why would private investors not do it and make money on the deal?

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