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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Will on Prohibition

George Will's latest column takes a swing at our government's most recent attempt at Prohibition, with a excellent critique of the latest nanny-statism that has led us to ban internet wagering. Some excerpts from the column
It is an iron law: When government uses laws, tariffs and regulations to restrict the choices of Americans, ostensibly for their own good, someone is going to make money from the paternalism. One of the big winners from the government's action against online gambling will be the state governments that are America's most relentless promoters of gambling. Forty-eight states (all but Hawaii and Utah) have some form of legalized gambling.
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Prohibition I was a porous wall between Americans and their martinis, giving rise to bad gin supplied by bad people. Prohibition II will provoke imaginative evasions as the market supplies what gamblers will demand payment methods beyond the reach of Congress.

Whole column here.