Rep. Jason Chaffetz looks to ban online gambling

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  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 31, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    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.

  • drivebyposter Orem, UT
    March 30, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    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.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    March 30, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    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?

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 27, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    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.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    March 27, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    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?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 27, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Citizen John Doe Orem, UT
    March 26, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    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!

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    March 26, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    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.

  • SlightlyOffCenter Salt Lake, UT
    March 26, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    Doesn't he have anything better to do?

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    March 26, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    March 26, 2014 3:58 p.m.

    Permissive on-line gambling will lead to further transfer of wealth from the poor to the wealthy. Not good.