Paul  Weyrich

One of the ironies in all of this is that Frank is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1170, the Comprehensive Awareness of Problem Gambling Act of 2007, of which the stated purpose is to "address problem gambling" by requiring "the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a national campaign to increase knowledge and raise awareness of problem gambling." Clearly, then, Frank recognizes what a destructive social behavior gambling is. Yet he appears to be determined to enact legislation to legalize it.

The purpose of law in human society is, among other things, to "promote the general welfare" of society, as the United States Constitution duly notes in its Preamble. It appears that Congress has removed itself from such a role. Instead, our elected officials have come to value tax dollars higher than a healthy society. Of course, such revenue then can be used to fund beloved social programs which deprive individuals of their self-respect and independence but provide lawmakers with solid voting blocs intent on keeping the "free" cash flowing their way.

These gambling measures should be opposed vigorously by all American citizens concerned about maintaining healthy communities. If we did not we would share the responsibility for the financial and relational destruction that so frequently occurs in gambling's wake.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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