Online Poker Picks Up Steam

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) online gambling bill appears to be gaining some momentum.

It’s unfortunate that it takes the promise of tax revenue for the federal government to respect individual freedom. But I suppose that’s the reality of things.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Horseracing) quote in the article is bizarre. Somehow, we shouldn’t legalize Internet gambling because . . . Tim Geithner didn’t pay his taxes. Sure, Bob. When I debated Goodlatte about online gambling on CNBC a few years ago, he weirdly tried to tie the issue to Jack Abramoff (weird because Goodlatte and the GOP leadership ended up passing the very bill Abramoff lobbied for).

The guy pretty obviously knows he has a losing argument. Which is why he’d rather invoke bogeymen and lame partisan zingers than actually discuss the issue.

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16 Responses to “Online Poker Picks Up Steam”

  1. #1 |  Thomas Paine's Goiter | 

    I think the first link is cocked up.

  2. #2 |  Radley Balko | 

    Fixed, thanks.

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    same with legal dope. Why does my freedom have to come with a tax?

  4. #4 |  Nando | 

    There should never have been a bill banning online gambling to begin with (actually, gambling online isn’t illegal, it’s only illegal for the banks to give money to known gambling sites). Now we need Frank to introduce his decriminalization of Marijuana bill!

  5. #5 |  Mike T | 

    I met Goodlatte about 8-10 years ago in person. He’s the living embodiment of nearly everything politician stereotype.

  6. #6 |  Phillip J Hubbell | 

    Things the government lets you do in exchange for a tax are not related to individual liberty at all. Your sentence about respect for individual freedom misses the freedom part.

  7. #7 |  Linda Morgan | 

    It’s unfortunate that it takes the promise of tax revenue for the federal government to respect individual freedom.

    I understand what you’re saying — and agree that it’s unfortunate — but slacking up on the chain enough to get a better grip on the hide just isn’t the same thing as respecting individual freedom.

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  9. #9 |  Frank | 

    Government = MAFIA

    Police = MAFIA Legbreakers

    Taxes = Protection Money

    Get the picture? I see little difference between government and organized crime.

  10. #10 |  emerson | 

    You can still play on sites like Full Tilt Poker and Bodog. They’ll even take US credit cards (at least Full Tilt will, I’ve… heard).

    Still, pass the damn bill already.

  11. #11 |  David | 

    How the hell is Bob Goodlatte making our laws instead of managing a Starbucks?

  12. #12 |  Bretigne | 

    Radley, don’t you think this was the purpose of the anti-online-gambling laws in the first place? Not to end it, but (ultimately) for govt. to get a cut of the profits?

  13. #13 |  Aresen | 

    #10 | David | May 13th, 2009 at 11:50 am
    How the hell is Bob Goodlatte making our laws instead of managing a Starbucks?

    What makes you think he could manage a Starbucks?

  14. #14 |  David | 

    I don’t, but at least then you could look at his nametag and chuckle.

  15. #15 |  Aresen | 

    Yeah.

    It’s kinda like my opinion of Bush II:

    If it hadn’t been for daddy’s money and connections, he’d probably be holding down a job as a Walmart greeter.

  16. #16 |  Mr Poker | 

    I think that we should have a good model of taxes and online gambling and online poker should be left out of the equation because we already paid tax and the redistribution of pure money by skill and luck should not be taxed…

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