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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

rita182 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:14 PM
Because their relatives will come and do the same to you. Civilization has rules and government for a reason. Our government exists to ensure the maximum freedom for the maximum number of citizens. Anything that goes beyond that measure is unconstitutional, by definition.

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...