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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

doc, aka Rich Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:59 PM
American society used to frown upon the behavior known as "busybody". Social behavior changes and the government is merely a reflection of it's people. Some say we've declined as a society, but this implies some concept of what behavior is better. I observe we've grown in population and have embodied the behaviors of a higher population density ... in varying degree in direct proportion to local pop density. This is the actual cause to the effect summarized as red/blue behavior, values, politics, voting, etc.

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...