Gambling Is Bad (Unless It's A State Sponsored Lotto Or Involves Horses)

from the then-it's-fine? dept

As expected, our elected Congress folks have moved forward with their plans to "clarify" gambling laws, which will effectively outlaw playing online poker, even allowing the government to push ISPs to block access to gambling sites. Of course, if the similar law in Washington State is anything to go by, expect all sorts of perfectly legitimate sites to be forced offline. Once again, it seems unfair to put the burden here on ISPs to block these sites. If the gambling sites share servers with other perfectly legitimate sites, those will be taken offline as well. It's worth noting, of course, that the law carves out exceptions for state lotteries (gambling is good when the money goes the government, apparently) and horse racing... because... well, there's really no good reason for it, but apparently some Congress folks like to bet on the ponies. It's unlikely the bill will go anywhere as the Senate apparently doesn't care much about this issue, but it's yet another example of Congress gearing up for election season by tackling the "really important problems" facing our nation.

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    Someone with actual knowledge, 11 Jul 2006 @ 6:12pm

    You are all morons. Look into this. The only reason that this was allowed before was because the WTO forced the US to allow it, it had been banned before. The problem isn't in 'letting people do what they want with their money', it's the fact that these companies work out of third world nations, and those companies get taxed. The reason it was passed as legal before is because it was looked at as a form of trade, but since there is no way to limit the trade or have the government have any way to control it they made it illegal. You pay taxes on anything else that comes from another country, so why would this be any different? There is no way for the US to tax this FOREIGN PRODUCT so they have to disallow it to be traded. It's not 'the man' controlling your life, it's the government trying to keep our money in our economy. Letting this go on, though it is a small industry, takes millions of dollars out of the US every year, causing there to be less in the system which you depend on. How would you like to be laid off from your job for the reason of 'i just couldn't stop gambling online, and since they take any sort of payment, i put the company's money on the line'. It is possible, and you're all ignorant.

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