Skip to comments.FIRST-PERSON: Putting a stop to Internet gambling
Posted on 10/06/2006 10:08:53 PM PDT by balch3
WASHINGTON (BP)--Before it wrapped up business in late September, Congress passed an important new law to make it easier to crack down on illegal Internet gambling. I believe that America needs this law because Internet gambling presents a serious and growing problem that existing laws dont address. The new law passed because members of the pro-family movement -- including a great many Southern Baptists -- brought the issue to the attention of both Democrats and Republicans.
Internet gambling has grown out of control. Although four major federal laws and hundreds of state policies already make it illegal to gamble on the Internet, enforcement has proven almost impossible. Since all significant gambling websites operate outside of the United States, they lie beyond the reach of federal or state regulators.
This hurts families. Although Internet gambling did not have a prominent place on either partys radar screen just a few years ago, its explosive growth and potential for damaging families made it a very important issue to me and many others in Congress.
In fact, online casino websites have the potential to turn every personal computer in the country into a miniature version of the Las Vegas Strip. Rigorous state enforcement means that brick and mortar casinos make a good faith effort to keep minors away from gambling. The same isnt so for online casinos: A website cant tell whether someone is 13 or 35. The existence of Internet gambling, moreover, makes a mockery of laws in states that forbid all gambling. Experts who testified before Congress agreed social trouble has increased as a result: People who gamble online are almost twice as likely to become problem gamblers as those who gamble in other places. Problem gambling destroys lives and families.
The new law, which President Bush will sign this month, makes it much more difficult to send money to Internet gambling sites. Internet casinos that want to accept credit cards, Internet bank transfers, or any other illegal gambling payments will find themselves blocked. Its important that people in the pro-family movement remain vigilant to be sure that the regulations implementing this law accomplish all that Congress intended. The government also will be able to ensure that website operators dont provide links to gambling websites. Finally, anybody who violates the Internet gambling law can have all gambling licenses revoked: Thus, any land or river-based casino operator that opens a gambling website could see all of its casinos shut down.
Some believe that Congress should have gone even further in amending and strengthening current laws, but the enforcement tools provided by this legislation are an essential step towards ensuring that we uphold the current law and punish those who break it.
We already have evidence that the law will work. Although the president has not yet signed the bill, shares in the United Kingdoms largest online gambling companies have dropped more than 50 percent on the news of Congress action. At least one major online casino has decided to pull out of the U.S. market altogether and others likely will follow suit. Internet casinos, which made a fortune violating existing laws, bet against Congress taking them on. Thanks to citizens concerned about Americas families, their bets didnt pay off. --30-- Sen. Bill Frist, R.-Tenn., is majority leader of the U.S. Sena
Nanny-Statism at its finest. Frist is no conservative.
The growing problem must be it's taking away from Tennessee lottery sales.
Nanny-Statism at its finest. Frist is no conservative.
Bravo, my ass. The only reason they did this was because they couldn't figure out a way to tax the proceeds. If it's so unhealthy to families, why don't they push legislation outlawing Indian Casinos that are right here in our own country?
The fact is Frist has been a failure as the Senate Majority Leader. He feel right into the same trap that Trent Lott fell into. He forgot who he was representing and how he got there. And he let Harry Reid ramrod him.
So we end up with worthless feelgood laws like this. No thanks. I'm glad he'll soon be gone.
The war against drugs
The war against gambling
The war against porn
The war against guns
The war against terror
The war against laughter
The war against boys
The war against men
The war against life
Just take your anti-depressants and STFup!
And many think that Congress has no business telling people it's okay to spend their cash at Injun Joe's, but that it's illegal to spend it a PartyPoker.com from the privacy of their own home.
Gambling has no fascination for me, and never has, but for those who like it, I think the Government has overplayed it's hand on this one.
Yep, stop the lotteries if gambling is ruining families.
But the lotteries are "for the children."
You forgot The war against poverty and the war against anti-political correctness.
Save me oh benevolent big government.....
All we would have had to do is tell Congress that online gambling sites help illegal aliens sneak across the border and they would have left them alone.
Good to see that all the other problems in the world are solved so they can get to this pressing issue...
Maybe these Nanny's can occupy themselves by providing a personal bottom wiping service.
Now, the ruined wretch has a friend in government...a safety net...an incentive to vice, even. There is no bottom.
The nanny-state, welfare mentality has wrought a government that DOES have a correct hand in the regulation of traditional vice-light: we all pay the consequences of the human train wrecks...and there are a lot more of them.
I wish I could say that the gubmint oughtta bugger off; but the welfare state demands regulation of the behaviors that turn productive, happy people into parasites and criminals. The house that Jack built. It sucks.
The prudent thing would be to get rid of welfare, and withhold regulation of all vice: let the players suffer the consequences. Scared straight. But that requires reason over sympathy....not gonna happen. 2c
Cigarettes first, gambling second, wonder what will be next? Just a step closer to 1984