Former Congressman Ron Paul against the anti-online gambling bill
November 21, 2014
For some of us here in the United States, the online gambling market is showing to the public the type of executives and businesspersons that is hiding behind the gaming market. One of us, former Congressman Ron Paul, has had to come out to speak out for the online gambling and this stupid war between the online operators and a couple of land-based casinos owners. Sheldon Adelson is becoming the image of anti-American values; if he had not had enough with fighting against Obama’s campaign because the US stopped helping Israel, now he has to begin another battle inside of the country: the anti-online gambling wars. The casino mogul has been the star of the gaming industry press since he brought up the anti-online gambling bill to prevent the online operators from getting any revenues from the gambling market. Ron Paul has been very clear this time about the online gambling market on his latest comments from his site RonPaulInstitute.org.
When it comes to Sheldon Adelson, the former Congressman has to say: “Internet Gambling Ban: A Winner for Sheldon Adelson, A Losing Bet for the Rest of Us. Politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. It is an open secret, at least inside the Beltway, that this legislation is being considered as a favor to billionaire casino owner, Sheldon Adelson. Mr. Adelson, who is perhaps best known for using his enormous wealth to advance a pro-war foreign policy, is now using his political influence to turn his online competitors into criminals. “It is about whether Americans who do gamble should have the choice to do so online, or be forced to visit brick-and-mortar casinos; prohibiting behavior that does not involve force or fraud has no place in a free society. The proposed ban on Internet gambling is a blatantly unconstitutional infringement on our liberties that will likely expand the surveillance state. Worst of all, it is all being done for the benefit of one powerful billionaire. Anyone who thinks banning online gambling will not diminish our freedoms, while enriching criminals, is making a losing bet. The proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud, and little else. Even if the argument had merit that allowing states to legalize online gambling undermines laws in other states, it would not justify federal legislation on the issue. Nowhere in the Constitution is the Federal Government given any authority to regulate activities such as online gambling. Arguing that States Rights justifies creating new federal crimes turns the Tenth Amendment, which was intended to limit federal power, on its head”.