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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

jwilliams Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:19 PM
"The 'limits' are boundless when regulations far greater assure your safety and that of your family and society than was the case before their implementation." All I've gotta say is thank God you're not in Washington with that mentality. If a dictator could keep you safer than our ineffective and flabby republic, would you support the revolution?

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...