Enough Already Wisconsin is a front group representing the Potawatomi tribe that runs a very profitable casino in Milwaukee Wisconsin. It's interesting to note that their website, www.enoughalreadywi.com, brandishes the following headline: "Enough is enough. Help us stop the spread of off-reservation casinos in Wisconsin." What makes this interesting is that the Potawatomi is currently crafting a proposal to open yet another casino in Beloit.
But that's not the only hypocrisy of which the Potawatomi are guilty.
I remember, back before there was no casino in Milwaukee, that the Potawatomi proposed building an off-reservation site in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. Because of negative press, they agreed that they would only cater to the bingo crowd. To accomplish this, they spent huge amounts of money to get an ally, Jim Doyle, elected.
After Doyle was elected, the Potawatomi incrementally pushed to increase their gambling revenue. They lobbied to add slot machine gambling, then black jack, and eventually became a full-blown Vegas style casino.
During the process they signed a compact with the State in which they agreed to pay a pittance to State coffers to entice Doyle to approve their expansion plans.
Currently they are the most profitable casino in Wisconsin, and one of the largest in the Midwest. It's no wonder that they are currently fighting the opening of a competitor's casino, run by the Menomonee tribe, near the City of Kenosha.
To accomplish this, the Potawatomi have been running attack ads through their front organization, Enough Already Wisconsin, using a bare-knuckle no-holds-barred disinformation campaign. All because they don't want to see a competitor's casino located on Interstate I-94 just 50 miles to the south.
Among the attacks are claims of political malpractice, the loss of over 3,000 Milwaukee jobs, and unionization of the Kenosha enterprise. All of which are, on the face, notably false.
The Potawatomi should know all about this, as they are masters of political manipulation and job theft. The fact that their casino is non-union has opened the door to accusations of low wages and employee abuse.
But rather than play their game, it is necessary to discuss the value of competition.
Formerly a small business owner, I relished competition because it made my organization better. My employees were better trained and my customers better cared for because we had a competitor in the same business that opened their door just a few blocks away.
Initally my competitor was better equipped, had a larger inventory with a more diverse inventory, and much more money to invest in their business than I did. But rather than whine about it, I determined that I would be successful in spite of the challenges. So I worked harder, decided that I would bend over backward to please my customers, and systematically improve my business practices.
Today, the little business I started 40 years ago still thrives, with 7 locations in Wisconsin and Illinois while my competitor is still languishing in that single location in the small town where we started.
A Kenosha casino will provide over 3,200 badly needed, good paying jobs in the Kenosha area. It will allow customers to frequent two competing casinos located within a few miles of each other. That option alone will provide looser slots and better services to gamblers and entertainment seekers in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. And it will allow both the Kenosha and the Milwaukee casino's to thrive, providing that they both take measures to remain competitive.