Dealers = Scum, Conservative Lobbyists Say

by , Feb 28, 2009 | 5:02 pm

One of the groups opposing all things legal-pokery in Texas is the Texas Eagle Forum, which recently spoke out against a bill for full-on casinos in Texas:

From Texas Weekly:

Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, telling the Houston Chronicle what she thinks about the job growth projected if casinos are legalized: “Why in the world would we want our children to grow up to be card dealers and waitresses?”

So there you have it. OK, now we know where we stand. As much as I like to soapbox about the issues not being moral contentions so much as money and tax-chip-shifting and legally acceptable pocket-lining, Cathie lets us know it really is a cultural issue — one where our opponents see professional casino employees and service industry workers as lesser people who have chosen a life-path their parents couldn’t be proud of. The good side is that she makes our competition seem weak. The bad side is she represents the types of landmines that poker interests will have to maneuver through no matter how well we’re playing.


8 Comments to “Dealers = Scum, Conservative Lobbyists Say”


  1. Harris
    says:

    I wanted to be the first to chime in here since I am a scum card dealer but I’m not really sure where to go with this. I decided to read a little of the Texas Eagle Forum and it appears to be a southern baptist group masquerading as a republican political action committee. The more I read the more I remembered why I’m a democrat and why I’m anti organized religion. I agree with you Dan that this is a cultural thing. I think this is a woman who has lived her entire life with a silver spoon in her hand, never had to really work and has been brainwashed by her ‘faith.’ I’d like to speak with her face to face and ask exactly what is wrong with growing up to be a card dealer or a waitress. The vast majority of us are honest hard working people providing a service to those who chose to relax and enjoy their time by having a drink and playing a little cards. I would ask her why someone would want their child to grow up with the views and ignorance that her and her committee seem to have.

    Your not the only one who likes to get on their soapbox Dan 🙂


  2. DanM
    says:

    ***I’d like to speak with her face to face and ask exactly what is wrong with growing up to be a card dealer or a waitress.***

    cathieadams@texaseagle.org


  3. Harris
    says:

    without card dealing and waitressing I hear there are alot of drug dealing positions open in Texas.

    -Zach, posting on john’s slutty laptop


  4. Scott
    says:

    Your link goes to a subscriber-only web page. Got any other source?


  5. DanM
    says:

    I’ll see if we can’t get someone to send us a cut-and-paste. Until then, I semi-promise the quote isn’t taken out of context.


  6. DanM
    says:

    Full article:

    Quotes of the Week

    Send Alert?: No
    Abstract:
    Schwarzenegger, Craymer, White, Perry, Adams, and Angle

    Body:
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on ABC’s This Week, on a proposal to merge the party primaries in his state: “And remember one thing: It’s always great when the Democratic Party and the Republican Party is against something, because that means it’s good for the people. That is the bottom line.”

    Dale Craymer, chief economist for the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, talking about Texas’ share of federal stimulus money, in the Austin American-Statesman: “We no longer have a hole. We have a mound of dirt, and we’re trying to figure out how to spread it around.”

    Houston Mayor Bill White, quoted in the Houston Chronicle on a quickly dropped proposal to help first-time homebuyers with marginal credit ratings by using public funds to pay off up to $3,000 of their personal debts: “I didn’t know it involved a grant, and I thought it was a grant to the bank. But, I’m not absolving myself of the responsibility.”

    Gov. Rick Perry, in The Dallas Morning News: “People living in Texas are a heck of a lot better off than the vast majority of the other ones. My instinct is they’d whole lot rather have a good-paying job than they would unemployment insurance.”

    Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, telling the Houston Chronicle what she thinks about the job growth projected if casinos are legalized: “Why in the world would we want our children to grow up to be card dealers and waitresses?”

    Democratic political consultant Matt Angle, talking about House Speaker Joe Straus with the Associated Press: “He had a shorter honeymoon than Britney Spears.”

    By ramsey on 26 Feb 2009 – 11:39pm | Quotes of the Week | Printable Version


  7. Scott Chaffin
    says:

    That’s no context there, but there’s precious little in the original story, anyway — standard practice. Your headline’s hyperbolic and melodramatic and decidedly over the top, but, well, um, that’s what j-schoolers do.

    They missed a better one:

    Suzii Paynter, of the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention, said casinos would be in competition with “family friendly” attractions and businesses and could cause them to close.

    “We’ve developed a tourism industry that is not yielding the byproduct of addiction,” Paynter said. “Why would we give that up for an industry that promises entertainment but delivers addiction?”

    (I googled it earlier.)


  8. DanM
    says:

    ***Your headline’s hyperbolic and melodramatic and decidedly over the top, but, well, um, that’s what j-schoolers do***

    Hmm, it seems a more accurate hedline would be “Delaers= Scum, conservative lobbyist says”, as opposed to “lobbyists say”.

    all the teach us in j-school is to spell hedline without the a, lede like this, and, in advanced class … paragraf!