That, in and of itself may not be unusual.
But let’s say that the company also happens to be 10 per cent owned by the nation-state of Dubai.
A company which has foreign ownership whose CEO wants Harry Reid re-elected?
OK, maybe that’s a little more unusual.
And let’s say that this company has a 50-50 partnership with Dubai in the biggest project on the strip.
Well, here’s what MGM Mirage’s Jim Murren told the Review Journal last Sunday.
“I think it’s un-Nevadan, unpatriotic, to go against Senator Reid and I will call out those who try,” the MGM Mirage chairman and CEO.
OK, let me get this straight.
It is “un-Nevadan” and “unpatriotic” to want a guy who has been an embarrassment to the state and one of the worst representatives we have had out of elective office? From the CEO of a company which took about $5-billion (with a b) of Arab money to build a white elephant on the strip?
But wait, there’s more.
Those people who own 50% of city center and 10% of MGM Mirage built their own little city in the sand with slave labor. That ought to make the union dudes who support Reid happy.
Think we’re making that up? Here’s a 2006 report from ABC News’ Brian Ross, one of the best investigative journalists in the business—and hardly a conservative:
It may be the world’s biggest boomtown, but human rights groups say that Dubai’s gleaming towers are being built on the backs of exploited foreign workers. A tiny Arab emirate on the Persian Gulf, Dubai has been making a big splash as a city on the rise ― with a glittering skyline, world-class shopping malls and luxury resorts, all fueled by the grand vision of its absolute ruler, Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktoum. But in a scathing new report released in Dubai this weekend, the organization Human Rights Watch says the migrant construction workers building Dubai are little more than indentured servants in the wealthy kingdom, one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).
Human Rights Watch? Now there’s a Republican outfit if we’ve ever heard of one.
And keep in mind, this was in 2006 before Dubai World—wholly owned by the state of Dubai—defaulted on its debt and shortly after MGM made the deal.
How Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktoum got a gaming license from the Nevada Gaming Commission is still a mystery to us but it reinforces the sentiment amongst many gaming people that the Commission would license Jack The Ripper under the right circumstances—like he has $5-billion (with a b) to spend.
And the CEO of this pathetic excuse for a company is defending Harry because Harry made a few calls to a few banks to stop them from getting their credit line pulled.
Apparently Mr. Murren doesn’t get it.
Nevadans no longer have warm fuzzy feelings for companies like his.
Especially when they advocate things behind the scenes like state tax increases on individuals to avoid tax increases on themselves.
If Murren will get rid of Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktoum and his buds by buying them out, I might take him seriously.
Until he does, he’s just another bean counter who has come close to ruining the gaming industry.
Slave Labor in Dubai, union labor in Las Vegas and they both want us to re-elect Harry Reid.
I’d like to see that or an appearance by Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktoum in one of Harry’s campaign commercials.