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Lindsey Graham Seeks Federal Online Poker Ban




Liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) is preparing to introduce a federal online poker ban – working against efforts by Senate majority leader Harry Reid to carve out an exemption for the popular online hobby.

Online gambling is already technically illegal under the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, but relaxed interpretations of this law by U.S. Department of Justice officials have resulted in states setting their own rules.

Several states – including Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey -currently permit online gaming within their borders. California and Illinois are looking to follow suit.

Graham wants to shut all of that down, though …

You know, this one of those rare instances in which we’re with the Democratic leader (and one of those rare instances in which Graham is against him). Except we’d take this thing several steps further: All forms of gambling – online and offline – should be legal in every state.

Government has no business criminalizing this behavior – especially when virtually every state government runs its own gambling racket.

In fact that’s precisely what this is about … politicians protecting their “turf.” Like friggin’ gangsters.

Graham’s stated rationale for the proposed ban?

“I don’t think it is a good idea for the country,” he said, adding that “South Carolina is not a big gambling state.”

Right … because every state should look to South Carolina for pointers.

Don’t buy Graham’s excuses: This is government attempting to preserve its gambling monopoly, eliminating yet another form of potential competition (and expression of individual liberty).