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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Bad Effects of Internet Gambling

Since Barack Obama opened the door to internet gambling on Christmas Eve by having his Justice Department re-interpret the law to allow gambling online, we can expect the gambling industry to become an even bigger player in politics. It is already a major contributor to political candidates and parties.

The Justice Department's opinion is part of an organized effort to legalize internet gambling. Frank Fahrenkopf, CEO of the American Gaming Association, predicted that this opinion will enable the gambling industry to hit the jackpot. He said, "It's now clear that not only can lotteries sell tickets online, but also games that look like slot machines and poker."

Congressman Frank Wolf opposed the new rule, saying that ending the federal ban on internet gambling will enable the spread of gambling to every computer, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows phone. He said it will be like having a casino at everyone's fingertips, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A warning also came from the world's richest casino owner, Sheldon Adelson. He announced his opposition to internet gambling because the available technology is not good enough to prevent teenagers from making wagers. One out every five young person already has a serious gambling-related problem.

Some people seem to think that no harm is done by lotteries, but here is the wisdom of our forefathers in an 1879 U.S. Supreme Court decision: "Lotteries ... are a species of gambling, and wrong in their influences. ... Society built upon such a foundation would almost of necessity bring forth a population of speculators and gamblers, living on the expectation of what ... might be 'awarded' to them from the accumulations of others."

Supreme Court case: Stone v. Mississippi

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