Libertarians, in general, feel that individual liberties should not be restricted unless they interfere with the liberties exercised by others. Along that vein, Libertarians feel that those who choose to gamble ought to be able to do so without government stopping them from doing so.
However, Libertarians are not supporting Issue 6, which would grant a casino monopoly in Ohio.
Libertarians also feel that those who choose to own and operate casinos ought to be able to do so without government stopping them from doing so. Issue 6 stops everyone from owning and operating a casino except for the MyOhioNow group.
I’ve touched on this in prior posts. In my blog entry titled “Deep-six Issue 6,” I wrote:
“For those who are Libertarian who think that Ohio ought to allow casinos, let me assure you that Issue 6 is no Libertarian proposal. If it were a Libertarian proposal, then we wouldn’t be talking about legalizing a casino monopoly within the state. If it were a Libertarian proposal, it would simply be a blank check allowing anyone to open a casino in any community in the state without any barriers to competition, much like anyone can open a restaurant or a convenience store in any community in the state. Issue 6 still makes it illegal for the ordinary person to open a casino. Only one entity will be permitted to open a casino . . .”
In my blog entry titled “Video and audio against issue 6,” I included a link to an audio clip from WSPD radio featuring an interviewee from the Buckeye Institute, who shared some Libertarian arguments against Issue 6.
In my blog entry titled “Kalin Stipe at Word of Mouth presents the state ballot issues,” I included this quote from Kalin Stipe, who contributes to Word of Mouth blog:
“Why would we change our constitution to allow a monopoly when there are plenty of investors who would open up around Ohio. If you are going to change the law (especially the constitution) for one, then change it for all.
“The worst number of casinos to have in Ohio is ONE. Either keep it at zero or make it fair for more than one.”
Libertarians strongly believe in unfettered commerce and free enterprise. The provisions of Issue 6 that bar any Ohio-based competition to the proposed casino violates fundamental principles of American free enterprise. If MyOhioNow wants to build, own, and operate a casino, then you, or I, or the person down the street, or the person in the next county, or whoever, ought to also have the ability to build, own, and operate a casino. That’s why Libertarians should oppose Issue 6.