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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Somebody call the wahmbulance

Vegas Upset Over Obama's Double Put-Down

So everybody in Las Vegas is all pissed off because President Obama mentioned that it's probably not a good idea to go blow all your money in Las Vegas if you can't pay your mortgage or bills during this economic recession. Which is so ridiculous.

First of all... he's right. You shouldn't go to Las Vegas and blow all your money if you can't pay your mortgage, your bills, ect. Duh. We're in a recession. If you're responsible and have everything taken care of and paid for, by all means, go lose all your money in Las Vegas. If not, don't. It's called being a grownup. It's called speaking to the American people like they're grownups. Which was something that the American people originally admired about President Obama. Unless he's referring to them. In which case... how dare he??

Second of all... as if people really listen and do whatever the president advises them to do. As if some degenerate gambler isn't going to lose all his money in Las Vegas because some elected official in Washington D.C. reminded them that they probably should save/invest their money instead of gamble it away. Las Vegas should probably stop blaming the president's "tough talk" of frugality in these economic hard times for all their problems. Instead of, you know, the actual recession that has taken many otherwise-responsible Americans discretionary income.

Lastly, and most importantly... he's only using Las Vegas as an example in a speech. He's not asking people to boycott Las Vegas and for the city to be shut down. He's not physically going to Las Vegas and barricading the doors to the Caesar's Palace, imploring tourists to turn away. He's simply using it as an effective example of something that might not be prudent if you can't pay your bills. His exact quote was:

"You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices."

Sorry... what's wrong about this statement again?

I do feel bad for Las Vegans. I have a ton of friends down there, duh. I want them to be successful and have jobs and stuff. And Las Vegas definitely serves a purpose. It is a "fun" place. There is a lot of "neat" stuff there. And I worked in the tourist industry when I lived there so I know how it is and I know how people have been struggling the past couple of years. But maybe blame the actual global recession instead of an example used in a speech by an American president that nobody listens to anyways.

Gosh... Las Vegas is the worst. It's not only a cultural wasteland but pretty soon it'll be just a wasteland-wasteland. The whole town is entirely incapable of weathering any storm... both economically and environmentally. I honestly don't even think people will be living in Las Vegas in 20 years... Once clean, cheap water becomes more scarce do you really think we're going to waste it on some "party" town in the middle of the desert?

Glad I got out of there when I did... I really like it here in Portland. Love everybody there though!

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