Michael Bray

Author of A Time To Kill

Clinton County and the Casino: Election Results

Michael Bray
November, 2008

Clinton County and the Casino: Election Results

The results of the 2008 election bode good and bad. While state wide the voters rejected the MyOhioNow casino pushers’ proposal by nearly a 2-1 margin, Clinton County voted in favor 10,547 to 8,168.

The fact the Clinton County, normally a conservative area of the state, would vote as it did is explained by the devastating economic threats posed by the pull-out of the largest employer in the area, DHL Express Global. The German multinational parent company, Deutsche Post World Net, is closing its operation in the United States. This business decision will result in the loss of about 10,000 jobs (“30 more laid off at ABX,” Wilmington News Journal, December 30, 2008)

While these are not all full-time jobs, the loss of them is devastating to a County of 40,000 residents. Both presidential candidates visited the county seat, Wilmington, before the election – one of many indicators, along with the fact that the story has made national news, that this prospective disaster is no small matter.

Had the threatened job loss news preceded the temptation to vote in favor of the casino, the observer might see a Faustian theme on display, the threat driving pious folk to give up their spiritual convictions to gain the world of financial security. But this DHL news followed the offer by MyOhioNow and the lively receptivity of the Casino on the part of the people of Clinton County. It is the primordial garden scene, where the people, living in the paradise of peaceful, idyllic small town America choose to trade their serene habitat for the promise of an even happier, wealthier, and glamorous life.

The decision to disobey the law of neighbor love in favor of personal gain and pleasure brought its consequences. They are thrown out of paradise. Enter the judgment national economic calamity – multiplied.

It is to their shame that many so many were looking selfishly to material gain at the expense of the many who would have been harmed by the effects of the casino establishment.

MyOhioNow proffered that the proposed $600 million casino would have created up to 5,000 jobs along with thousands more during construction. And they are going to try it again next fall (“Ohio casino proponents will try again in 2009,” Dayton Business Journal, November 6, 2008).

We will see if the people, after getting a good spanking, will faithlessly vote again for what they know is a bad thing.

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