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God Bless America
Chisholm Trail Community News
July 17, 2019
by Steve Fair
Steve Fair is the Chairman of the
4th Congressional District for
the Oklahoma Republican Party.
He may be reached by phone at
580.252.6284 or email at okgop@ Read more at stevefair.
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 The fifteen-year Indian gaming compact negotiated by former Governor Brad Henry and State Treas-
urer Scott Meacham with the tribes is set to expire on January 2020. It is estimated the tribal casinos in
the Sooner state generate $4.5 billion dollars of annual revenue.
 Last month, Governor Kevin Stitt sent a letter to the tribes stating that he wants to renegotiate the
terms of the compact. Currently, four to six percent of gambling proceeds generated at the casinos go
into state education coffers. When the original compact was negotiated, Henry said the funds generated
at the casinos and through the lottery would cure Oklahoma’s education funding shortfalls. Actual fund-
ing fell well short of Henry’s estimates.
 Three observations: First, the initial compact favored the tribes. Because the tribes were in the process
of building casinos, Henry and Meacham granted concessions for building that infrastructure by lower-
ing the percentage of the take. The compact was widely criticized for its lack of audit ability of the tribal
gaming operations. Some went so far as to say the tribes were on the ‘honor system’ as to how much
they paid the state. A necessary correction for allowing the State Auditor to examine the tribal gaming
operations books to ensure the state is getting the agreed upon monies must be a part of the new com-
 Second, the slots will not be shut down. Stitt’s position is if an agreement is not reached by the date of
expiration, the Class III gaming(slots, cards) would be shut down until an agreement is reached. Tribal
lawyers disagree and believe the original agreement will be rolled over for another fifteen years. Neither
party can afford to shut down the money stream, so an agreement will be reached well before the Willy
Wonka Golden Ticket slot is unplugged. The tribes want ‘sportsbook’ gambling and the state holds that
as a negotiating chip. Expect to be betting on the Thunder game next year at your local tribal casino.
 Third, the expansion of gambling in Oklahoma has hurt the state. Oklahoma is #1 in the number of
casinos per capita. In a study by WalletHub, Oklahoma ranks #5 in the U.S. in gambling addiction and
#26 in treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system
much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction.” Gambling produces nothing. It is regressive
taxation that tends to hit the poor. The Department of Justice has found that the expansion of gambling is
linked to higher crime rates and drug use. Dr. Earl Grinols, a Baylor professor of economics, calculates
the costs of gambling far outweigh the benefits by a factor of 3:1. Gambling fails the cost-benefit test.
 A fairer, more equitable compact should be negotiated, but if Oklahoma is to become a top ten state, it
will not be by collecting taxes on gambling and marijuana sales from citizens. It will come by growing
Oklahoma’s economy past its century-long addiction to the oil and gas industry and aggressively recruit-
ing manufacturing and distribution to the state.
The Tea Party 
 One day the mother was out and the father was
watching the 3 year old daughter. The daughter had
just turned 3 and for her birthday she had received a
“tea set’.
 Father was in the living room engrossed in a sports
program on TV when the 3 year old brought him a
cup of “tea” which was only water. The father drank
it down and heaped a lot of praise on his young
daughter for being so sociable and entertaining.
 Of course the young daughter loved the praise and
continued serving dad.
 Eventually mother comes home, and father says
to her, “you just have to watch this”. And young
daughter brings daddy another cup of “tea” which he
gingerly drank down.
 “Isn’t that the cutest thing,” father says to mother.
 And, mother replies, “Have you considered the fact
that the only place in the house your 3 year old can
even reach water is in the toilet?”
 After being married for 40 years, I took a careful look at
my wife one day and said, “Forty years ago we had a cheap
house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch
black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot
23-year-old girl.
 Now ... I have a $800,000 home, a $55,000 car, a nice
big bed and a large screen 55” TV, but I’m sleeping with a
63-year-old woman. It seems to me that you’re not holding
up your side of things.”
 My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go
out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure
that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving
a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch
black and white TV.
 I never had it explained that way before!
I never wanted to believe that my Dad was steal-
ing from his job as a road worker. But when I got
home, all the signs were there.
Did you hear about the guy whose whole left
side was cut off? He’s all right now.
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