Idaho Horse Racing

Blog & Mablog | 10/17/2018 | Douglas Wilson
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For my Idaho readers, we have a measure on the ballot coming up in a few weeks that would reboot Idaho horse racing. What shall we make of that? The measure (Prop 1) would set a minimum number for horse races, would allow betting on those races, and would allow the installation of horse-race-betting machines all over the state.

For many Christians, there is a temptation to analyze such issues on a fairly superficial basis, whether for or against. Either the horse racing and the associated gambling is thought to be kind of a seedy activity, which it is, and so conservative evangelicals are suspicious and inclined to be against it, or they look at their Bibles and do not anywhere find a prohibition of horse racing, or a law against betting on horses, and so they strike a libertarian pose. What would Moses do?

Issue - Horses - Gambling - Machines - Issue

But the issue is not horses, or gambling, or gambling machines directly. The issue is the nature of man.

Even the opponents of this measure argue against it by saying that the revenue coming to the state (for the public schools! for the children!) will not be nearly as great as promised. So even the opponents seem to grant that if horse racing turned out to be a cash cow for the public schools, then this would at least be an argument in favor. But it is exactly the opposite.

Country - People - Horses - One - Eye

We should begin with the obvious. In a free country, people should be allowed to have fast horses. They should also be allowed to find out who has the fastest one. And also, assuming there are those who have an eye for horseflesh, and money in their pocket that they were tired of, such individuals should be allowed to demonstrate their tenuous grasp of statistical likelihoods. So if we...
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