Not Many Folks Pleased About US Paying Off EU, Japan And Canada Over Online Gambling

from the who-does-this-help? dept

On Tuesday, we wrote about how the US was paying off the EU, Japan and Canada over a trade dispute around online gambling. The real point was to get these three to back off from putting pressure on the US to abide by free trade agreements, which effectively required the US to allow online gambling as long as it was hosted in other countries. It's quite a shame that these countries basically accepted money to let the US get out of agreements it had made -- and many are beginning to point out how ridiculous the whole situation is, and how it's likely to harm future US trade agreements around the world. All for the sake of preventing people from being able to play a little online poker.

Related to this, bankers and bank lobbyists are trying to explain to US politicians that upcoming rules concerning online gambling are impossible to abide by. As you may recall, back in October, the US approved new legislation that would put the liability on banks to prevent money from being used for online gambling. Beyond the ridiculousness of trying to stop people from gambling online if they choose to do so, this particular law means that banks need to figure out what money is being used for online gambling and try to prevent such uses. How? Politicians don't bother to go that far. Meanwhile, I hear that the gov't continues to make good money from state lotteries...
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Filed Under: antigua, canada, eu, japan, online gambling, wto

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Dec 2007 @ 6:51am

    Bob Hooper, you are a moonbat

    North Korea is oil rich? Really? Is that why they import oil from China?

    I know you hate GWB and all, but get a clue, really.

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