This article is the third in an ongoing series of articles on the proposed legislation to ban gambling. This article will will continue the discussion of the arguments for making this legislation mandatory, and also the actual facts within the actual world which includes the Jack Abramoff connection as well as the addiction of online gambling.
The lawmakers attempt to shield our citizens from certain dangers, or is it? The whole situation is a bit confusing to be honest.
As previously mentioned in earlier article In previous articles, as mentioned in previous articles, the House and the Senate have been taking a look Togel Singapore at “Online Gambling”. Bills have been introduced through Congressmen Goodlatte as well as Leach and Senator Kyl.
The bill that is being proposed by Rep. Goodlatte, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, is a clear plan for amending the Wire Act to outlaw all kinds of online gambling making it illegal for a gaming company to accept credit or electronic transfers, and also to oblige ISPs as well as Common Carriers to block access to gambling sites upon the demands from law enforcement.
Similar to Rep. Goodlatte, Senator. Kyl, in his bill, Prohibition on Funding of Unlawful Internet Gambling will make legal for betting establishments to accept electronic transfers, credit cards or checks as well as other payment methods to place illegal bets. However, his bill doesn’t address the businesses who place bets.
The bill introduced by Rep. Leach, The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is essentially an unofficial duplicate of the bill introduced by Sen. Kyl. The bill focuses on stopping gambling establishments from accepting electronic transfers, credit cards or checks as transactions. It’s similar to the Kyl bill, it does not make any changes to the current lawful or unlawful.
In a quote by Goodlatte we read “Jack Abramoff’s total disregard for the legislative process has allowed Internet gambling to continue thriving into what is now a twelve billion-dollar business which not only hurts individuals and their families but makes the economy suffer by draining billions of dollars from the United States and serves as a vehicle for money laundering.”
There are a number of interesting points there.
First we’ve got a bit of confusion about Jack Abramoff and his disdain for legislation. The comment, as well as other that have been made are based on the notion that: 1.) Jack Abramoff opposed these bills, 2)) the man who voted for him was corrupt and) to avoid being associated with corruption, you must vote for these bills. This is obviously absurd. If we take this reasoning to the fullest extent, we must reverse and nullify any legislation that Abramoff approved, and then pass any bill Abramoff opposed regardless of the subject that the bills. Legislation must be passed or not based on its merits legislation and not based on the reputation of a single person.
In addition as when Jack Abramoff voted against his previous bills, he did it for his client eLottery. He tried to have the selling of lottery tickets on the internet out of law. The safeguards he wanted are in this latest bill, as state-run lotteries will be excluded. Jack Abramoff therefore would probably favor this bill as it provides him with the protections was he looking for. This doesn’t prevent Goodlatte and other lawmakers from using Abramoff’s recent scandal as a way for making their legislation appear better, making it more than just an anti-gambling law, and possibly an anti-corruption one and simultaneously giving a boost to Abramoff as well as his clients.
Then, he states that gambling online “hurts individuals and their families”. I’m guessing that what he’s talking about concerns problem gambling. Let’s clarify the situation. Only a tiny percentage of gamblers turn into problematic gamblers. It’s not an insignificant portion from the general population. But tiny percentage of gamblers.
Additionally Goodlatte will have you be convinced it is true that Internet betting is more addictive that casinos gambling. The senator. Kyl has gone so that she has called gaming on the Internet “the crack cocaine of gambling” in a quote that he attributes to an unnamed researcher. On the contrary, studies have proven betting on Internet is not more addictive than playing in casinos. In actual electronic gambling machines located in race tracks throughout the nation, have a higher level of addiction than online gaming.
In the research conducted by N. Dowling, D. Smith and T. Thomas at the School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora, Australia “There is a general view that electronic gaming is the most ‘addictive’ form of gambling, in that it contributes more to causing problem gambling than any other gambling activity. As such, electronic gaming machines have been referred to as the ‘crack-cocaine’ of gambling”.
As to Sen. Kyls claim about “crack cocaine”, quotes at http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/20733/ include “Cultural busybodies have long known that in post this-is-your-brain-on-drugs America, the best way to win attention for a pet cause is to compare it to some scourge that already scares the bejesus out of America”. and “During in the 80s and 1990s the situation was different. In the past, a worrying new trend was not on the radar of the general public until someone called the phenomenon “the modern crack drug.” Also “On the Vice Squad weblog, University of Chicago Professor Jim Leitzel notes that a Google search will reveal experts calling the slot machine (The The New York Times Magazine) as well as video slot machines (the Canadian Press) and casinos (Madison Capital Times) as the “crack drug of gaming” in addition to. Leitzel’s research also discovered that spam mail is “the crack cocaine of advertising” (Sarasota, Fla. Herald Tribune), and cybersex is a form or sexual “spirtual crack cocaine” (Focus on the Family)”.
As we can discern, calling something “crack cocaine” has become an unmeaning metaphor, which shows just that the person making the comment believes that it’s significant. However, we also knew it was because Rep. Goodlatte, Rep. Leach and Sen. Kyl believed that the subject was crucial or else they wouldn’t have put the legislation to the table.