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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Feds Outlaw Internet Gambling

The do-nothing Congress did motivate itself finally to do something, that is banning Internet gambling. It is a far-reaching and very un-conservative move, but this Republican Congress is nothing if not un-conservative.
Placing bets over the Internet was effectively criminalized by the federal government yesterday, as lawmakers work to eliminate an activity enjoyed by as many as 23 million Americans who wagered an estimated $6 billion last year.

Attached to a port-security bill signed by President Bush yesterday was the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which prohibits online gamblers from using credit cards, checks and electronic fund transfers to place and settle bets. The law puts enforcement on the shoulders of banks and other U.S. financial institutions, some of which fought the legislation.

State-sponsored gambling is, of course, still legal. The state wants a monopoly on gambling. Every time I go into the convenience store in MoCo and see desperate people looking at the television screens to see their Keno results, all I can think is that how can that be legal, a total game of chance, when playing poker, a game of skill, is not?