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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

Bulwark Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:39 PM
All truths. But is it really a legitimate function of government, to control the free will of sane adults. Where does it end, this over-reach. Now we have mayors determining what is legally available for you to eat or drink. I'm 73 years old, I don't need my mommy, daddy, or a nanny state to control my choices.

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...