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45caliber Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 11:54 AM
"The pols know that yelling at baseball stars will get the pols face time on TV." This is the real key to most of this. A ban costs the politician nothing and the government very little. But at the same time the politician gets lots of face time. And that is the real reason for all of this.
Texas Chris Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:55 PM
I pray for the day when they call me to testify in congress. Ill come in, swear in, then sit back with my feet upon the table and read Mises' Human Action until they haul me away.

I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!"

Well, it can.

So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that.

After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos flourish, and most...