Oh, we know! Let's head over to West Virginia. Things are bound to be better there, yes?
I watch with bemusement as most of the Republican candidates for governor (and John Perdue, among Democrats) continue to rail on the legislation redirecting $10 million a year of racetrack video lottery profits back to the casinos for gaming-area upgrades -- but remain silent on the fact that the state gives away nearly 10 times that much every year to thoroughbred and greyhound owners and breeders.Um...well on the bright side, apparently it's not just the overlords who are leeching off the state.
Let me see if I can put this in a way that even gubernatorial candidates can understand: West Virginia, one of the poorest states in the union, provides nearly $100 million a year in corporate welfare to some of the wealthiest people in the United States.Whoa. And you know what? The governor of West Virgina is a democrat. You know how democrats all socialistic communists and stuff who want to soak the rich to pay for abortions for gay married couples while increasing welfare for Muslim women so they can have more anchor babies. His name is Earl Ray Tomblin and we have a feeling he's about to open up a big o' can of whupass on the overlords. Right governor?
Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's affiliations with the dog racing industry have spurred an attack from one of his opponents in the race for governor. Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Treasurer John Perdue released an ad Wednesday attacking Tomblin for helping steer millions of dollars to dog breeding interests owned by Tomblin's mother and brother.Hey, come on. you can't expect the guy to wail on his very own momma, now can you?
The Tomblin campaign said Perdue was getting into "cheap politics."Darn straight. Well, $100 million isn't exactly "cheap" in a state with a per capita income of $16, 477 which is...erm...no good way to say this, 49th out of 50 states. Still, it's the dude's momma!
Racing Commission records show $2.5 million has been paid since 2000 to Tomblin Kennel Inc., which is owned by Freda Tomblin, or specifically to Carl Tomblin.That includes nearly $900,000 in payouts that have apparently not been previously made public.Wow! Looks like every day is Mother's Day around the Tomblin house. Hey Florida overlords, what'd you get your momma?
Freda Tomblin has previously defended the fund, arguing that raising greyhounds is a costly business. "It's just like raising a garden," she told the Daily Mail in 1997. "If you don't take care of it, you don't have vegetables."Hmmm...so you plant a greyhound garden and water it with other people's money. Sounds almost poetic, huh Sly?
Sly is easygoing, independent and loving. He will approach and nuzzle you for affection. He will “talk” to you in the morning when he wants to go out. He has an odd bark that sounds like he has bronchitis, although he is completely healthy. Sly would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 10 and up. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.