Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Because I think it's not good for you, nobody should be able to do it . . . ever

The current nanny-state-panties-in-a-twist unloading on how awful it is for the Delaware General Assembly to consider legislaton making online gambling legal is both amusing . . . and expected.

Here's El Somnabulo:
They will also leave Dover with yet another revenue source: more dollars via degenerate gamblers thanks to the so-called online gaming bill. This is a particularly odious example of the Delaware Way. Provisions have been put into the bill to ensure that the racinos and the mom-and-pop stores that sell the lottery tickets don’t get screwed, but no such provision for the compulsive gamblers who will help fill the state’s coffers. No fiscal note is even required for this bill, which makes little sense to me. Neither a projection of costs to implement the system, nor a revenues projection? Really? Hey, they don’t want you to know how much they expect to squeeze out of (in-state only) degenerate gamblers. Because they’re ‘humane’ public officials, no doubt they’ll toss an extra $50K or so at compulsive gambling programs a couple of years down the road. Truly a pathetic way to raise revenue at the expense of compulsive gamblers.
And likewise whining commenter Anon:
The gaming bill is the worst case scenario for families in Delaware. Not only does this bill bring gambling right into neighborhoods by turning local bars and restaurants into gambling spots, it goes a step beyond that by bring gambling right into people’s houses through the internet.
Anyone willing to wager that the fine people of Greenville will get more greenspace this session while the rest of us will get beaten outside of a local sports bar for $5? 
The first observation is that there is NO consideration of the fact that many (indeed most) afficionados of sports betting and online gambling do so responsibly, and there are multiple very responsible betting sites available (from Europe, where all social experiments are supposed to be things we want to emulate).

Nor is there a consideration that people who compulsively gamble will find ways to do so anyway, legally or illegally, or will engage in other self-destructive behavior.

My greatest amusement is that Anon actually appears to think that there is currently no gambling going on in bars in Delaware (or anywhere else).

But I guess the most important take-away from this whole thing is the firmly cemented belief that people are not responisble for their own actions, and must be forced to do the things that are good for them--from not gambling to buy smaller sodas to not looking at porm or wearing helmets while they ride horses.

There is a culture, if this is your preference in societal rules, that follows this philosophy very closely, and they've already got the rules written down, so you'd only have to plagiarize them.

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