Thursday, May 11, 2006

Gov't Moves To Outlaw Online Poker

Between running the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in general against terrorism, I would have thought Congress had better things to worry about then online gambling.

This ESPN story notes how Va. Rep. Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) is pushing a bill to make gambling online a Class C felony. Class C crimes can carry 1-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Here is a Congress that will do nothing to enforce laws that are currently on the books, like illegal immigration, and has no problem tacking on foolish spending onto bills like the Alaskan Highway to nowhere.

Of course the bottom line is Congressmen like Goodlatte are upset because no tax dollars are collected from online gambling. If the government was willing to spend the money wisely I wouldn't mind if they taxed it, but we all know they would simply find a way to piss it away.

If Americans want to gamble from the warmth of their homes then I say leave them alone. We face bigger more dangerous problems in the world today.


At 12:54 AM, Blogger rickster71 said...

I got a comment, online poker is
crooked as a $3 dollar bill and I have won many big tournaments online. I say dont outlaw it, but have the US govt audit the softawre, with US Gaming
commision employees at all times
and tax it. I would be happy to pay a 10-20% tax on my winnings,if I knew the government was regulating it.


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