In case you have not yet heard yet, my dear friends (and I mean that in all sincerity, without sarcasm) in the Republican party have successfully attached an anti-online gambling act to a recent measure address port security. This was a saavy political move done by majority leader Bill Frist as a means of ensuring the measure would pass. Anyone voting against the bill would surely look weak on port security, something our country does need.
This law, when signed by George W. Bush in the next week, will crackdown on all types of banking (money transaction) firms that allow United States citizens to deposit funds into online gambling accounts. This essentially means no more sports betting, no more online casinos, and no more online Texas Hold-Em! Ye gads!
Generally, I am not someone who would use this space as a political commentary, especially not against the GOP (as I was up until today a generally happy member of the party), but this is complete absurdity. Our country needs to be repealing stupid laws, not adding additional ones! Plus, the bottom line is this will affect tens of millions of Americans (and that may be a low number) who like to have fun by playing harmless games online. Sure, I suppose Americans will still be able to play for free with play money, but anyone who plays these kinds of online games knows that whether you are playing for $1 or $100 of real money, playing for keeps is what makes these games exciting!
Awful…. just plain awful.
One of many resources: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/30/AR2006093000166_pf.html