Monday, October 02, 2006

Gov't restricts freedom

I don't really like this:

US President George W. Bush this week is expected to sign a bill making it harder to place bets on the Internet, a practice which already is illegal in the United States. Bush was expected to act quickly after Congress approved the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act making it illegal for financial institutions and credit card companies to process payments to settle Internet bets. It also created stiff penalties for online wagers.
I don't see why its congress' business to regulate how folks spend their money at all. If a guy wants to gamble his house away, he should be allowed the freedom to do so, however stupid. Its his house, remember?

I suspect the only reason anyone in government cares about online gambling is because its just so hard for them to get their cut. Anything they can't get their little patty-paws on is inherently bad, don't you know?

"Gambling can be highly addictive, especially when its done over an unregulated (read: not controlled by us) environment such as the Internet" he said this year.

"If Congress had not acted, gamblers would soon be able to place bets not just from home computers, but from their cell phones while they drive home from work or their Blackberries as they wait in line at the movies," Leach said.

Egad! The horror! The downright blasphemy!

"Never has it been so easy to lose so much money so quickly at such a young age. The casino is in effect brought to the home, office and college dorm.

Young people have been wasting money on various things since the beginning of time. Before computers there were poker games. The rough kids shot dice in back alleys or (gasp) in the school bathroom.
"Everyone loses if this industry continues its remarkable growth trends," Leach said.
Honestly, I don't think anyone who is willing to go on the record saying something that idiotic should be allowed to talk, much less hold public office.