Re: “Law busts suspected gambling operation” Messenger, Saturday, May 10, 2014:
Once again the taxpayers pay for another dog-and-pony show. Why? Who and how many were the “numerous” complaints filed? Who was harmed, and where are the victims of this crime?
Was this supposedly done for our safety, or really because of money? Did the owner of these machines refuse to pay out, thereby generating the complaints? If the owner was robbing people, will the funds being taken be used to reimburse those wronged?
No! It was their fault for gambling in the first place, right? Will there be charges filed against those, if any, who complained about being robbed, while illegally gambling?
The bottom line is, we, the taxpayers, will wind up footing the bill for all this “protection” – trials, etc. – all in the name of “for our safety.”
Speaking of money, what “fund” will the thousands of dollars taken go in? While we’re at it, where does all the money from the forced forfeiture of homes, land, property, vehicles, cash etc. in Wise County go? When has this fund and its use ever been independently audited?
Why has this information and the past and present use of these funds never been made available to the taxpayers? Is this just a “slush fund” solely for our public servants to do with as they wish, with no accountability and oversight from the taxpayers of Wise County?
I, for one, have never played any of these “gambling” games, but couldn’t care less if others want to! As we drive by the casinos just across the state line, 90 percent of the cars in the parking lots have Texas plates! Billions of dollars, tax revenue and jobs are being given to the states on our borders. Why?
We, as taxpayers and free Americans need to watch and listen for the lies in our local and national politics! You know – the lies from both parties about each party supposedly wanting less government control and influence in our private and everyday lives!
We deserve the abuse we accept, and elect.