Friday, May 26, 2006

The Idiocy and Hypocrisy Of Online Gambling Prohibition Legislation

Prohibition doesn't work for anything! Not drugs, sex, alcohol or gambling. It never has and it never will, period. Prohibition simply takes a booming market and forces it underground, thus making it more dangerous and expensive for all participants. Meanwhile, the government misses out on billions of dollars of tax revenue. There is no disputing this fact, which is why I find the Goodlatte and Kyl bills floating through Congress so idiotic.

Beyond the idiocy are mountains of hypocrisy. State lotteries (where you get the worst odds imaginable), bingo parlors, raffles, riverboat gaming, online bets on horse racing - those types of gambling are okay. Wait a minute, online bets on horse racing are exempt from the bills??? How could that be, we are talking about ONLINE gambling prohibition here! What gives? Ah, that’s right, The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is one of Virginia’s Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s biggest supporters. Idiots and hypocrites that pander, that’s what we have in Congress!

Fortunately, massive enforcements issues (especially on the part of banks and ISP’s) will ultimately keep this bill from passing the Senate.


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