Another casino mogul is wading in to the political debate arena this week, as Steve Wynn voices concerns towards the re-election of President Obama and what he believes it might do to the business market. He claims that he is too afraid to build the new casino he has been planning in Las Vegas, because Barack Obama is too anti-business. Though it is not clear why anyone should shed any tears about poor old multi billionaire Steve not being able to build another casino, his views have nonetheless been attracting some attention.
“I’m afraid of the President,” Wynn stated recently in an interview with a Las Vegas journalist, Jon Ralston. “ I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up with. Every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks. The living standard of Americans is being destroyed by this government in Washington that will not stop spending money that we don’t have.” He claims that he voted for Obama in 2008, but has been disappointed by the way things have turned out, adding that he is now in favour of Romney. It seems a little strange that he might suddenly switch political sides rather than, say, backing a different Democrat, but there you go: he says that Romney is “absolutely going to be a fabulous president. He’s never been unsuccessful in anything he tried.” Except, of course, in his bid for the presidency in 2008.
What is it about running a few slot machine games and owning some hotels that seems to make these men into political soapboxes? Sheldon Adelson is well known for backing the Republicans to the tune of some serious money, but one can only hope that all of this has no real effect on the views of the public. After all, opinion gathering should be restricted to those who have the best interests of every American at heart, not just their own, as in the case of the big business casino men.