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Old Aug 07, 2006, 6:24pm   #1
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Default Gambling...illegal b/c it's evil, or not regulated?

So what do you guys think? With all the hub-bub over the new bill in the senate and house, it got me thinking what's the harm in a little wager here and there? the article i read about the new internet gambling bill bascially lead me to believe the supporters think they're protecting the public from themselves. but clearly, it seems that it's an unregulated form of income to some people, and if those who have money aren't making money, then they put a stop to those that do. the word gambling has many negative connotations. why?
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Old Aug 08, 2006, 3:28am   #2
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Gambling addiction is bad, and banning gambling seems to many to be a good way to save people from this addiction, ignoring they are banning what for many is simply a leisure.

It is like banning cars because people get killed in traffic. Banning cars would of course be much worse than banning gambling, but you get the idea.

Also, money spent on foreign consumer goods or services have a bad effect on the economy in the long run.
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tobacco and alcohol are addictive and destructive and ruin MANY more lives than gambling ever has....but wait, it's ok....they tax us on both.
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Old Aug 08, 2006, 1:33pm   #4
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True. In Germany gambling is only allowed if they can get taxes on it.
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Old Aug 08, 2006, 5:03pm   #5
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That really sums up how stupid our politicians are in the U.S. Here is this big cash cow that they could easily regulate and tax if they wanted and their first instinct is to simply kill it (while of course permitting horse racing and lotteries to continue because THOSE don't cause any problems).

I am especially bothered that they choose to pick on poker while explicitly allowing lotteries to continue. Lotteries are far worse in terms of the demographic that it appeals to.
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That really sums up how stupid our politicians are in the U.S. Here is this big cash cow that they could easily regulate and tax if they wanted and their first instinct is to simply kill it (while of course permitting horse racing and lotteries to continue because THOSE don't cause any problems).

I am especially bothered that they choose to pick on poker while explicitly allowing lotteries to continue. Lotteries are far worse in terms of the demographic that it appeals to.
that and the fact that if they're so concerned with the citizen's "welfare", they wouldn't endorse a game that has worse odds than being struck by lightning or attacked by a shark. you can become good at poker, you can't become good at the lottery. but i'm sure it's because of the low percentage to win and the HUGE amount of taxable income they generate.
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The support for the lottery is clearly all about profit for the states, and has no moral argument in terms of the players. But then, why not regulate and tax poker. They could make a fortune.
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How's this for hypocrisy!
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