I say we should legalize gambling in Hawaii. First of all, it would drastically increase Hawaii’s revenue and flow of tourism. Hawaii is already mainly dependent on tourism for incoming revenue. Some claim that crime might rise, but crime is there regardless of any laws, in any city, state, or country one might reside in. The state could utilize some of the vastly refined revenues to amplify law enforcement. This will help combat any criminal activity. A good defense is a strong offense.
Many say that gambling corrupts moral values, but it is one’s own responsibility to control themselves, and pass on, or maybe arbitrate, knowledge to their children: the importance of moral values. For example, many people blame television for the corruption of their children and making them stupid. I blame the parents for letting them watch those television shows. Parents should apply, even if by force, the rules to gambling. Don’t gamble unless you know the odds are in your favor.
Gambling occurs every single day, everywhere. The state should take advantage of this by legalizing gambling and taxing it. Do we really need more criminals? No, we need more revenue. If we tax individuals that already illegally gamble, the state would have made millions in taxes. There already are poker, baccarat, black jack, and machine room houses.
It is true gambling is not for everyone, especially stupid people. “Why?” you may ask. It is because stupid people make stupid choices. There should be a limit to how much money an individual can gamble with per year, depending on their income and winnings. This is traceable by their taxes. For example, if one person makes $40,000 per year, and have no dependents, they are only allowed to gamble $10,000 to $15,000 for that fiscal year. This will ensure that the individual’s life may still function.
Crackheads and homeless people should not be able to gamble because this would most likely inspire them to pursue criminal activity for money to gamble with. The current illegal gambling houses that use computerized machines are full of these crackheads. It is because there are no rules in these current gambling facilities, that many have gambled away all their money, and live a criminal life in poverty.
Why not start small and test the waters? The state should allow only a certain small district or street to open legal casinos. Even if the taxes are ridiculously high for these casinos, there is no doubt that entrepreneurs and businesspeople will open them, anyway. With the high stream of income from gambling and tourism taxes, the residents of Hawaii deserve a tax break. We have been struggling with high taxes for too long.
If gambling were legalized in Hawaii, there is no doubt that alcohol would be cheaper. Prostitution would also increase, but a smart government would also take advantage of that. They should legalize prostitution and tax that as well! Well, they should, under closed and controlled areas of course.
In conclusion, if Hawaii legalized gambling, it would greatly benefit our economy. The human species are best known for adapting to new things and new environments. We could adapt to this and have a great life.