Tuesday, July 11, 2006
House Approves Online Gambling Restrictions - Yay Pandering
Now that the House has - kind of… but not really - to online gambling, maybe we won’t have to watch anymore online gambling sponsored Ben Affleck poker games on television.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House on Tuesday approved a Republican-written bill to crack down on Internet gambling, in what critics said was an election-year appeal to the party's conservative base.

The House voted 317-93 to impose a ban on most forms of Internet gambling by making it illegal for banks and credit card companies to make payments to online gambling sites. Internet gambling generates some $12 billion annually worldwide, half from American gamblers.

The whole article is filled with some great quotes:

"This is a scourge on our society. It causes innumerable problems," Republican Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, one of the bill's sponsors, said on the House floor before the vote.

Oh no, not a scourge!!!

A spokesman for Leach, Greg Wierzynski, denied suggestions the move was politically-motivated. He noted Leach has been pushing Congress to take up the issue for many years.

Yes… and it just now happened - right before an election, I might add - to go up for a vote. No, nothing pandering about that at all.

I really don’t have anything to add to this story. The always eloquent - heh heh - Barney Frank sums it all up quite well -
"If people want to do something, and it doesn't hurt anybody else, we ought to mind our own business," Frank said on Monday. "This is a bill to tell adults not to do something because people in this body disapprove of what they do."

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