The Least Logical Argument of the Day at the Legislature


While I wish Senator Ripley luck pushing a new form of gambling past the Motaniban ruling at the Legislature, I have to say that I find his argument incredibly hard to understand . It’s certainly refreshing that he admitted to having presented the bill on behalf of the gaming lobby, but perhaps they should have offered him slightly more coherent talking points along with the bill.

Speaking to the Billings Gazette, Ripley defended his proposal:

“I just think that it updates the industry,” Ripley said. “I don’t think it expands the gaming at all. It’s a chance for more revenue.”

If enacted, backers said they hope the new game would help attract some new customers and bring back some of the ones missing from casino and bars since the recession started and since the ban on indoor smoking at these establishments took effect Oct. 1, 2009.
“I think it’s something new,” Ripley said. “I think it will help get some new clients.”

I’m just a humble English teacher, but I’m pretty sure that bringing back old customers and attracting new ones might just qualify as things that “expand gaming.”

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • Dip Dipley is simply a Dipshit! The bars are empty NOT because of the smoking ban, but because no one has any MONEY left to waste on them dirty bastards! I know. These are my people. Working stiffs stiffed by Dipley’s venal, venereal benefactors! We sent them assholes there to create jobs, NOT to invent ways to screw the little guy out of even MORE of his paycheck! The Dipley Dipshit from Wolfcreek is the Dipshit at the door! This pathetic moron KNOWS which side his bread is buttered on. Sorry, but we’re outta money, Dipshit Dipley. Take that message back to your benefactors.

  • I had the same reaction. But I part company with Pogie on the use of the word “gaming.” That’s the word the gambling industry wants us to use. It doesn’t sound as gamy as gambling. But gambling is damned gamy, mighty damned gamy. We need less gambling in Montana, not more. In fact, we need no gambling at all. We can replace the lost tax revenue by raising the highest rates for the income tax.

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