The future state of online poker
Much has been written and voiced over the past several weeks regarding the future state of online gaming. If this is a hobby, past time or profession for you then I’m sure you are more than familiar with what has occurred. For those of you who are unaware let me share with you the actions of our fine elected officials from the “Right”. Let me preface that I have been one of those classified as being on the “Right” yet quite a bit closer to the middle.
Sen. Bill Frist (R) from Tennessee had been championing a bill to attempt to ban internet gambling and in some 11th hour back room activity, before the Senate broke for the November elections recess was able to attach the “Unlawful Internet Gambling” bill onto a Homeland Security bill which was relative to US Port Security. The un-Distinguished Gentleman from Tennessee initially tried to get this bill attached to a Defense bill which was to provide additional funding and support to the troops who are on the ground in this global war on terror and someone with some sense put their foot down and told the Senator to get lost. This situation was a bit different in that the sessions was about to end and this was basically the last item of business to be presented.
Now you may be like me, asking yourself how internet gaming has anything to do with US Port Security. Let me tell you…absolutely nothing. Sen. Frist knew that the Port Security bill was a bill that would pass as no right minded lawmaker was going to be seen as opposing a law which would make our ports safer in these times of the war on terror. In a post 9/11 world both the “Right” and the “Left” know that there is a need to make things safer.
I do believe that there is a sense of deteriorating morals within the USA however I do not think it is the result of internet gaming nor do I think that it is the primary function of our elected officials to legislate either sides particular morals on the entire nation. It also seems a bit hypocritical of the “Right” to jump on their soap box over this particular issue when there is a flood of more reprehensible acts with which our elected officials have been exposed of being involved in. Can you say Mark Foley? Did anyone read the transcripts on ABC News of this guys instant message with one of the pages? What I think is more hypocritical with this particular bill is that there are carve outs for State run Lotteries, Horse betting and Fantasy Sports(?).
Given the current state of affairs that our economy is in and the spiraling deficit why would we not choose to regulate and tax internet gaming which is a multi-billion dollar a year industry? There is a strong opposition on the religious front regarding gambling however if it is that big of an issue why do 48 of the 50 states have some form of legalized gaming? Why the carve outs for some forms of gambling? This country and our politicians are so jacked up it is unreal. Let me end by saying that people who want to gamble will gamble and just as back in the days of prohibition people continued to drink. A flat out ban is not the answer.