When it became apparent to the Nevada and New Jersey gaming interests that Indian gaming might continue to expand, billionaire Donald Trump immediately went public to demand the Congress do something to stop its growth. With an obvious eye for the well-turned phrase, the lawyer for the Connecticut Indian Tribe targeted by Trump's wrath instantly labeled the legislation the "Donald Trump Welfare Act". But the humor was short lived. It has now become apparent that the Trump assault on Indian tribes who have built up gaming on their reservations is just a beginning.
As of this writing, two Nevada Senators, Harry Reid and Richard H. Bryan, joined by New Jersey Congressman Robert Tonicelli, the instant patriot, are pushing legislation that will fulfill Mr. Trump's wishes, at least as it concerns Indians.
Torricelli, the good Congressman who labors overtime for his masters in Atlantic City and elsewhere, has had the temerity to offer as his rationale for tightening the screws on Indian tribes his fear that organized crime might infiltrate Indian gaming. This is the same cry one hears from the Nevada gang.
I think it a fascinating commentary on America and American society that Mr. Trump, who has most likely never missed a meal in his life, is asking for government intervention to further impoverish Indian people, many of whom still have trouble securing a minimum of one meal a day -- on good days.
Heaven knows that those of us out here in America may not be swayed by such sophistry, but one should not bet much of one's life's savings on whether or not this argument will convince members of Congress during the current legislative session.
Greater scams have been sold to the folks in Washington who, when they decide to vote against their own constituents' interests and in favor of the money men, are looking for a semi-plausible reason to offer when asked how they could possibly vote as they did.