Conservatives should be paying attention to the legislative session unfolding in Kansas, where state officials are considering passage of a bill that would allow the state to own and operate casinos in order to generate revenue to fund education budget shortfalls.
The bill, which has been floated before and failed, is a pet project of the governor, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, and right now Republicans in the statehouse are telling associates that they support the legislation.
This is all the more mindboggling given that most Republicans in Kansas haven’t seen much of the legislation’s language. Given what Washington Republicans have just gone through with Indian casinos, Jack Abramoff, and lobbying, do they really think it’s a good idea to get in bed with state-owned and operated gambling? And it if it isn’t state-operated, just who is going to run these parlors of sin and temptation for them? Donald Trump?