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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    Robert, 11 Jul 2006 @ 4:41pm

    I just don't understand

    The government gets all crazy when they aren't getting their share of the spoils... obviously the smart thing to do would be to 'regulate' online gambling within the states and tax it the way they do at legitimate casinos, but that would just be way too obvious of a good, money making, solution. Instead they want to 'ban' it all, causing many people grief, and anger from not allowing the people to spend their money the way they would like.

    Seriously I know many retired people who have no means to get to Nevada to gamble because it would be a health risk. They love to gamble at home, with penny bets, that even after losses comes up to 'far' less than the trip to a casino would cost, not to mention they are saving the planet by not driving their 8MPG SUV's.

    I'm starting to wish that they had some sort of "Big Brother" type thing that just followed around politicians everywhere (meetings, dinner table, bedroom) just to keep them legit, so that everyone would know the second they started looking shady.

    All I can do is sit back and vote, and hope everyone else does the same... what irks me is when laws get passed because of lobbyists from big companies, without the general public getting a real say in the matter.

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