Mass. governor: let’s jail online gamblers

by Walter Olson on November 18, 2007

Gotta protect those state revenues?

Even as Governor Deval Patrick seeks to license three resort casinos in Massachusetts, he hopes to clamp down on the explosion in Internet gambling by making it illegal for state residents to place a bet on line. He has proposed jail terms of up to two years and $25,000 fines for violators.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), however, reacted strongly against the proposal:

“I believe in personal liberty,” Frank said. “Adults should be able to do what they want. I wish my fellow liberals would not be so inconsistent on this issue.”

(Matt Viser, “Internet gambling is a target of Patrick bill”, Boston Globe, Nov. 10)(via Brayton).

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1 Jake 11.21.07 at 9:18 pm

Any and all ordinary folks will quickly recognize these politicians are money grabbing morons. They have not the merest clue in terms of analyzing policy alternatives, let alone choosing a policy, beyond their own self interest.

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