Tim Pawlenty wants to tax Indian casinos.
The scenario could have been like this...
At the same moment, two men — both wearing heavy trench coats and fedoras angled across their foreheads — approached the table. The smaller of the two slid into the chair across from McCarthy, removed his fedora and set it next to an empty plate. McCarthy recognized the man they call "the Governor."...but no matter. Getting the state into the gambling business is a lousy idea.
"Nice to see a man minding the store," he said casually referring to McCarthy's position as executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association.
"Those fries look good." Without waiting for acknowledgement, the Governor reached across the table and grabbed a handful of McCarthy's meal. Meanwhile the larger man — larger as in "leviathan" — moved behind McCarthy. McCarthy thought better than to ask if the man had a concealed carry permit for that bulge under his coat.
"What do you want?" said McCarthy with the timidity of a Minnesotan seeking tax relief.
"What makes you think I want anything?" replied the Governor, helping himself to another handful of McCarthy's fries. "I just sort of felt lucky — like I was gonna come into some cash today. Know what I mean?" The Governor glanced around while munching on a fry. "Nice little gaming business you got going here. Shame if something were to happen to it."
McCarthy didn't respond, so the Governor went on.
"Yea, pretty busy here. Like the Mall of America. Nice place that mall. Got just about everything out there."
The Governor paused for effect. "Except a casino."
McCarthy started to push away from the table, but the long arm of the leviathan standing behind him restrained him. Resistance was futile. McCarthy eased his chair forward. "We have a deal," he muttered.
"Deals, smeals," said the Governor shrugging his shoulders. "You never read your history? There's always," he made finger quotes in the air, 'options.' "
But not as bad as horning in on the Indian gaming monopoly. Vice monopolies are the best form of, for lack of a better term, "reparations"; they're voluntary, yet lucrative enough to make a difference.Posted by Mitch at November 11, 2004 06:48 AM | TrackBack