As part of ongoing negotiations, Gov. Bev Perdue’s office has told the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians she would back allowing Las Vegas-style card dealers in return for a greater share of gambling revenues from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

For details on exactly what games the governor wants cuts from, click here. Again, it is not that the governor likes to gamble. That which cheaply thrills the masses is easy money for a government rake. Furthermore, as evidence of our house-of-cards, product-less economy, the casino is billed as one of the largest private employers in Western North Carolina.