Guest: One Vegas Mega Donor ‘Daddy Warbucks’ Has Marco Rubio And Other GOPers Pushing An Online Gambling Ban






ONLINE GAMBLING GUEST: Michelle Minton, is the Director of “Sindustry Studies” at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where she promotes Liberty by defending the likes of gamblers, smokers, drinkers, junk food eaters, & insurance agents (basically one and the same).


“The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) has been introduced in the Senate by presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and has the backing of another 2016 hopeful, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Both lawmakers contend that President Obama has diminished the original intent of the Wire Act, which is and has been interpreted differently by Democratic and Republican administrations. The former believes the Wire Act does not ban online gambling, and the latter believes it does.

According to The Hill, Graham stated, “Now, because of this decision by the Obama Administration, virtually any cell phone or computer in South Carolina could become a video poker machine,” Graham said in a statement. “A major rewrite of a long-standing federal law like this should be made by the people’s elected representatives in Congress and signed into law by the president, not done administratively.”

Rubio has voiced his objection to gambling’s morality and stated, “Expanded gambling presents many challenges, especially on the Internet where safeguards to protect people from fraud and addiction are harder to enforce.”

There are other senators who also are sponsoring the bill, including Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dan Coats (R-IN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah has introduced a similar bill in the House.

There are certainly representatives of the people who truly oppose gambling, and there are only two states that do not allow gambling: Hawaii and Utah. Clearly, it is the duty of a lawmaker to respect the wishes of the state they represent, and the motives of the two Utahans will likely not draw criticism. However, several key factors question the motives of the two men running for president.

The thorniest observation is that online gambling is targeted by Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas casino company Las Vegas Sands. Adelson is the biggest contributor to the Republican Party, and lives in Florida and is therefore a constituent of Marco Rubio. Adelson said that he would “spend whatever it takes” to ban online gambling on a moral note, in part, because it would “cause people to lose their homes.”

But it can be argued that gambling addiction is going to happen to some, under any circumstance. Critics suggest that Adelson is protecting his own special interests, by trying to kill any online competition.”



BIO: Minton has coauthored several studies, including topics like sin taxes and alcoholic beverage regulation. Minton’s analyses have been published and cited by nationally respected news outlets like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as well as industry blogs and publications. In her free time, she enjoys competing in a poker league, reading and studying the art and history of making beer.



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