Thank you, drivebyposter.If people are going to be free to do
harmful things, they -must- know that it is harmful. If people's
disposition is instead to try and justify it or downplay the risks and damage,
then it should be banned outright.
The only connection between education and gambling in Utah should be mandatory
public instruction on the sheer stupidity of engaging in it. Perhaps it could be
part of the social studies or math curriculum. Let our children understand that,
like almost every other vice, it is a system designed to part fools (who
can't afford it) with their money and put in the pocket of those who have
plenty. When run by the government, it is like a horrifically regressive income
tax. When run by private "industry" (with the state getting their big
chunk), it's what Hugh Nibley used to characterize as the essence of secret
combinations: a way to convert the life and welfare of other humans into more
wealth for the practitioner.Adults should be free to gamble, just
like they are free to smoke, drink, and engage in sexual practices that put
their life and health in danger. But they (we adults) should not be free to
leave our children ignorant of what is **really** behind the bright lights of
Vegas and the come-on from on-line operators of games of chance.
This topic has really pushed a hot button for me . I know a lot of people that
drive to Idaho every couple of weeks just to buy Lotto tickets because it is
illegal her in Utah.All that revenue that Utah could put into education
and the like . I do not understand what the moral issue is . I know some
people do not know when its time to walk out of a Casino. Is it not a free
country ? I just do not get it. Free Enterprise ? So and So can't get on
his I-phone or pc and spend his hard earned money online because?
Chaffetz is doing Sheldon Adelson's bidding on this. Adelson does not want
competition for his casino's. For Chaffetz to pretend he is doing this for
moral reasons is just disgusting.
Nothing Shouts FREEDOM, Liberty, and Keep Government out of my Life -- louder or faster than laws and Law-makers seeking to ban yet another
thing...Republicans would do well in elections held in the Middle
East, besides the whole "Jesus" thing -- their platform parallels
to Sharia Law.
Jason,Why just "online gambling" and not all gambling?Could
it be that no Republican wants to offend GOP contributor and Sugar Daddy,
Sheldon Adelson?Las Vegas and it's questionable billionaires
controlling the big business of gambling are acceptable?
More sharia law by the religious right.I don't gamble because I
don't find it entertaining, and understand odds. That said, it's
a choice, a freedom if you will, one that the market can decide, right. Like a dumbed down version of Wall Street people apparently enjoy these games
of chance.Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing places in the US and
they're still coming. Yes, gambling takes advantage of the poor
and stupid, but just try and get legislation to change payday loan practices.
There are plenty of activities that take advantage of poor and uneducated folks,
usually held in check with regulations. But Chaffetz and the republican party
seem most interested in regulating individual choices, and allowing
corporations, all kinds of new freedoms, to do what they please.
Thank you Chaffetz and company. Anything we can do to slow down and control the
cancer of gambling should be applauded. In my opinion, this is exactly the kind
of thing our representatives should be doing!
Gambling is bad umkay!!Why does every politician seem to have that
one piece of legislation they get behind or introduce that makes them look
foolish? Or at least more foolish than usual.
Doesn't he have anything better to do?
After reading this article it does not explain why we need this law. It just
talks about an old 1960's Wire law that is outdated. I doubt this law will
pass the House and Senate since a growing amount of states will want to keep
online gambling legal so they can collect revenue.
Permissive on-line gambling will lead to further transfer of wealth from the
poor to the wealthy. Not good.