Las Vegas is hurting, mostly because of canceled conventions.
Gaming revenue in Las Vegas fell for the 12th month in a row in December and last year's overall drop is historic, according to officials in the desert city.
Some locals who depend on conventions to survive say they can't afford the war of words going on presently between President Obama and Mayor Oscar Goodman.
"So many are canceling out that we can't afford to offend any government people. The House and Senate members now make up 50% of our revenue, coming here regularly with their committees", stated one casino owner on condition that his name not be released.
Last week, both Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs canceled corporate junkets scheduled to take place in Las Vegas.
They were trying to get away from the perception that they are taking the money given to them in these bailout packages and using it to treat their CEO's to lavish vacations.
Meanwhile for those who can afford it, many prostitutes are having a half-off sale, usually the top half...weather permitting, plus longtime performers Wayne Newton and Inglebert Humperdinck are out crooning between the slots between shows.
"We're afraid to allow the girls to pass through because of the drinking, things could get out of hand or in hand as it may be. Also, any money gained by people leaving with the girls will take away profits from the gambling", stated one Casino owner.
"Plus, some of the Washington DC folks bring their own girls, or meet them here."