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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

kozzzer Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:33 PM
Steroids probably do do harm to the body, but just like alcohol, tobacco, and trans fats, we should let individuals decide. Gambling is not stealing if a person is aware of the odds and it is consentual behavior. Advocating for smaller government means allowing people to make decisions that harm themselves. Govt is not to protect people from themselves.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:38 PM
Most things in life are a gamble. Life insurance? Auto insurance? Where to live? What occupation? Whom to marry?

We try to make the best decisions for ourselves. Otherwise, life is not just Obamacare, its Obamalife.

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...