This is part 2 of a multipart series of articles regarding planned anti-gambling legislation. In this article, I begin discussion of the estimated reasons for this legislation, and the link pos4d actual facts which exist in real life.
The legislators want to protect us from something, or are they? The whole lot seems a little confusing to say the least.
As mentioned in the earlier article, the house, and the Senate, are once again considering the issue of “Online Gambling”. Bills have been submitted by Congressmen Goodlatte and Leach, and also by Senator Kyl.
The bill being put forward by Repetition. Goodlatte, The internet Playing Prohibition Act, has the stated purpose of updating the Cord Act to outlaw all forms of online playing, to make it illegal for a playing business to simply accept credit and electronic exchanges, and to force ISPs and Common Carriers to block access to playing related sites at the request of law enforcement.
Just as does Repetition. Goodlatte, Sen. Kyl, in his bill, Prohibition on Funding of Outlawed Internet Playing, makes it illegal for playing businesses to simply accept credit cards, electronic exchanges, checks and other forms of payment for the purpose on placing illegal table bets, but his bill does not address those that place table bets.
The bill submitted by Repetition. Leach, The Outlawed Internet Playing Enforcement Act, is actually a copy of the bill submitted by Sen. Kyl. It focuses on preventing playing businesses from accepting credit cards, electronic exchanges, checks, and other payments, and like the Kyl bill makes no changes as to the is currently legal, or illegal.
So, regardless of whether online playing is currently legal or not, just the facts that the political figures want to protect us from? Why is it so important to make online playing illegal?
One answer is within this quote from Repetition. Goodlatte “will keep children from borrowing the household credit card, signing about the family computer, and losing thousands of dollars all before their parents get home from work”.
I think a reasonable translation of these quote would be “American parents are incompetent at raising their own children so Congress should step up and do it for them’. Because of course we are all aware that the political figures have a much better idea of what is best for us and our children than we do.
And in another quote “In short, the internet is a challenge to the sovereignty of civilized communities, States, and nations to decide what is appropriate and decent behavior”.
A reasonable translation of this quote appears to be to go similar to “Individual Americans are not capable of deciding for themselves what behavior is suitable and decent in their own homes. Fortunately Congress is here to protect them from themselves and legislate morality for them”.
Not only is Congress purportedly responsible for raising the kids of America, but in order to do so, and to prevent us from unconsciously doing something indecent, they’re going to legislate what we can do with your own money, on our own time, in our own homes. Does this sound like the very type of a free society, or the inception of a misdirected totalitarian state?
Let’s delve a little deeper into these defenses and see precisely how interested the political figures actually are in making sure that our children are safe from the evils of playing.
Remember, all of these following forms of playing are either currently legal, or would be made specifically legal in the bill being put forward by Repetition. Goodlatte.
First, we have casinos, and race tracks. These little money makers are proliferating in every state and generate quite a bit of tax revenue for federal and state governments as well as profits for their operators. The people behind the anti-online playing bills would have you think that casinos are no problem when it comes to underage individuals, since casino staff can see the individuals personally and assess their age.
Quite to the contrary however, we have this quote from the The state of illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery “Casino kids have been left by themselves at the outer casing of casinos while their parents gamble, according to some casino security reps. In some extreme cases, children are left in the family car in the casino parking lot all night at a time while their parents gamble inside. Less obviously, children may also spend hrs per week with babysitters while their parents gamble in casinos, bingo halls or card rooms. inch
While I certainly wouldn’t try to claim that online playing is good for the American family, clearly, to the extent that children can relax and play in their own homes, and sleep in their own beds, online playing presents less of a problem than the current state supported alternative.
Another form of online playing that the planned legislation would exempt from illegal status is the sale of lottery tickets by the states over the internet. It is difficult to see how these legislators show deep concern for the children of America based on the following quote from Overcoming Life Process (July/August, 1998 Issue) “Studies show that lotteries are the favorite legal playing game for teenagers. Statistically, one of seven who play will become passionate. inch And from the Local authority or council on Compulsive Playing of Nj (6 August 2003), “Many regard lotteries as a relatively benign form of playing. However, 31 percent of callers to the 1-800-GAMBLER national hotline (operated by the Local authority or council on Compulsive Playing of New Jersey) indicated problems with lottery playing. inch
In yet another example of government raking in cash irrespective of the kids of America, we have Video Lottery Machines. Video Lottery Machines, or VLTs are activities like state sponsored electronic video poker machines. According to David Plotz in Record. com on Friday November 17th, 1999 “These are the most enslaving of any playing instrument we have today. It is a piece of cake for kids to play video lottery machines, since they are often found in businesses that kids frequent. inch They are increasingly being licensed for utilization in markets, convenience stores, bars and markets around the country, where the children of America have easy accessibility.