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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

KManInLaLa Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 3:11 AM
Quick hits on these: Thomas Jefferson said, "A lottery is a wonderful thing; it only taxes the willing." True, but the marketing nowadays is deceptive and exploitative; Illinois once had a billboard in a bad Chicago neighborhood that said, "This could be your ticket out." EXCUSE ME? Steroids have supposedly been linked to cancer, so I must disagree with John on this; I believe that a ban on ALL PEDs is a good thing.

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...