It’s night one of my “Recovery Holiday Watch” and my 7th year doing so. WHY? Part of maintaining my recovery is “to be of recovery service to others!” I take that seriously. No needs to be alone through the holiday season and I want others to know there are many who care and that they are worth a better life than being tangled with addicted gambling or any other addictions.
Meet The National Director and Founder, Mr. Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling. ORG who works tirelessly in Washington, D.C. and around the country to stop FOR-PROFIT Gambling … As gambling venues and options expand that includes, Indian Casinos, State Lottery, Online Sports Betting, and not just your normal places like Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, or even Laughlin and more, and I think we are SMART enough to know these venues are not making money and profits from your “once in a while players.”
NO, they are making profits off the backs of those who are addicted or are problem gamblers, who get drawn into going all the time. I know because I DID. Here is a SPecial Message from Les and more about who they are and would urge you to visit their website Stop Predatory Gambling. You can see what’s happening in your state and around the country. It will open your eyes!
~Advocate, Catherine Lyon
WHO ARE THEY?
Who We Are
One In Every FIVE Addicted or Problem Gambler Will Try SUICIDE … Every Life is Precious.
A LIFE-CHANGING PROBLEM TO TALK ABOUT:
By, Les Bernal
The problem of commercialized gambling will be a subject of conversation in millions of American homes over the next few days as families and friends gather for Thanksgiving and The Christmas Season . . .
Why? Because it’s America’s biggest most-neglected problem today.
Americans are on course to lose more than $1 trillion of personal wealth to commercialized gambling over the next eight years.
Our mission is to reduce this enormous loss of wealth by citizens by 50% over the same span.
Below are some must-share facts along with some specific reforms that will dramatically improve the lives of millions of Americans:
The Problem: Tens of millions of citizens are broke!!! And millions of citizens are now addicted to commercialized gambling.
- Savings is the road to wealth creation. Savings. Yet this concept of savings is almost foreign to more than half the country’s citizens.
- 50% of the U.S. population has zero or negative net wealth.
- More than 60% of citizens don’t have enough savings to cover a $1000 emergency expense.
Partial Policy Solutions That Have Been Put Forward From Both Political Parties to Help Solve the Problem:
- Tax Cuts
- Tax Credits
- Raising the Minimum Wage
- Increasing Taxes on the Rich
- ….None of which represent a consequential fix
Absent from the List is America’s Biggest Most-Neglected Problem: The Life-Changing Citizen Losses of Personal Wealth to Commercialized Gambling
The sheer size and scope of these financial losses lack any comparison:
- The American people are expected to lose $1 trillion of their personal wealth to government-sanctioned gambling over the next eight years.
- In 2018 alone, they were expected to lose $118 billion.
- That means Americans are losing $224,505 per minute.
The Way Forward
- Building assets, the accumulation, and investment of savings, are key for anyone looking to make a better life. A home, a college fund, retirement accounts, a stock portfolio—these assets are the hallmarks of middle and upper-class America, and they are all the result of savings.
- Building assets is the direct opposite of commercialized gambling. No single policy reform would create more financial peace for low-to-middle-income citizens than reversing the current scheme of turning millions of people who are small earners, who could be small savers, into habitual bettors.
Partial List of Reform Proposals Include:
- To safeguard the health of minors, no kids under should be exposed to gambling ads and marketing on TV, radio, at point-of-sale, or on the internet.
- No advertising or marketing of commercialized gambling to low-income populations.
- A ban on the sale of lottery products in check-cashing outlets, which serve unbanked, low-income people.
- No high dollar lottery tickets should be sold in low-income areas (ending the practice of selling tickets greater than $5.00)
- Capping staking levels on all slot machine-style games, regardless of whether it is a physical machine or online, to $2.00 or less. There is no justification for staking levels above $2.00.
- End the predatory practice of allowing commercialized gambling on credit, whether by credit card or “markers,” (interest-free loans issued by casinos.) It’s inconceivable that states encourage citizens to fund their gambling addiction using debt.
- Require state lotteries to track and report re-wagers and quantify their relationship to sales and subsequent prizes.
- Ban “loot boxes” and other elements of commercialized gambling that are currently being engineered into video games that kids under 18 are playing.
- Reduce the overall amount of lottery games being marketed to the public. Presently, some states offer dozens of different gambling games. For example, Texas was promoting 92 scratch games for sale in November 2019.
- Reduce the amount of locations where extreme forms of gambling like electronic gambling machines are being marketed by the state.
- Reduce the speed of the commercialized gambling being offered by states. Many of the most harmful forms of commercialized gambling are also the fastest like electronic gambling machines, online gambling, and scratch tickets.
- Require commercialized gambling interests to be treated the same under civil litigation laws as any other business.
- Create an Office of the Public Advocate committed to public service in representing state citizens in any matter that is covered by the authority of the state gambling commissions, as well as proceedings before state and federal agencies and courts, so that they are protected from being exploited and cheated by commercialized gambling operators. This is similar to what many states do in representing state utility consumers.
- Require that state problem gambling councils collect and report annual data on state gambling addiction numbers and on the effectiveness of the problem gambling interventions being funded (changing the measurement from how many calls are taken to how many people are moved from addicted to not addicted).
- Restrictions on the inducements offered to gamblers to keep them gambling or luring them to start gambling after they have stopped.
Please consider how you can use your time, talent, and treasure to help move these desperately-needed, long-overdue social reforms forward over the next 18 months and let me know. Thank you. I appreciate all you do, Catherine!
Stop Predatory Gambling
Who We Are —
– A 501c3 non-profit based in Washington, DC, we are a national social reform network of citizens and organizations from across the U.S.
– We believe in improving the lives of the American people with compassion and fairness, freeing us from the lower standard of living, exploitation, and fraud that commercialized gambling spreads.
– We are one of the most diverse organizations in the United States, one in which conservatives and progressives work side-by-side to improve the common good.
If you share our beliefs, please help sustain our work by making a tax-deductible, financial gift today of $10 or more.
Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation
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