In Republican world, where up is down and black is white, there is one enduring principle we can count on: get government out of the way and let free markets work their magic. Except, of course, when they want to control those free markets.

“Just think about it, there are hundreds of tribes, and if any tribe in the nation could just buy 10 acres in North Carolina and put a casino on it, it could be casino nation,” Stam said.

The state of North Carolina needs to get out of the gambling business and let the free markets take their course. Because I'd much rather live in a "casino nation" than be saddled with our current education lottery, which is an abomi-nation.