There’s a quote, I dont recall the source
Where a man that works hard and plays hard is talking to his physician and is sternly told he must slow down. His listens to the speech, and his response to the lecture is basically…
Hey, I don’t pay you to tell me to quit burning the candle at both ends. I pay you to supply wicks and wax to the best of your abilities.
And while I understand the value of consulting trained counsel, he has a point about the relationship. Unless we call you “Mom”, those who actually work for us don’t get to *tell* us what to do.
That includes the government
They are supposed to be public servants, not rulers. There’s enabling legislation that allows them to pass laws within a strict set of parameters for the health, safety and welfare of citizens… But it is important to remember they do NOT have universal privilege to just TELL us what to do on any subject on which they choose to legislate.
It doesn’t matter how pure they claim their intentions are, which I’ll add is usually a load of manure to begin with… They are not our mom, our nanny, our owners or masters.
Case in point: Gambling
Who the heck is the government, particularly one that runs and or allows to be run a lottery, to tell us we cannot play online poker or gather at a casino and play cards for money?
The fact that governments run their own gambling scams like the Texas Lotto (which itself has been the source of much internal criminal activity) suggests they aren’t so much doing it for OUR good as claimed, but because they dislike competition.
They can claim it is for our good
But a decent poker player has a helluvalot better chance of breaking even or making money on a $100 poker stake than he does dropping the same on some powerball tickets. Do the math. And even if their motives ARE pure, that still isn’t their business. How can they allow a guy to do leverage bear spreads on the NYSE that could cost him his house in one fell swoop and tell me I can’t play in a cash game with $20 at stake?
As for Poker being “a game of chance”…
- -a- so is the lottery
- -b- that’s STILL not their business, and
- -c- poker simply isn’t.
Take any yahoo that calls poker a game of chance, and sit him at a table across from Phil Ivey. I’ll tell you who wins the game before the first card is dealt.
Bottom line, it isn’t their money. It isn’t their job to tell us we CAN use it for this entertainment purpose but not THAT. If I was going to bet (which I do) I’d say the real reason is poker is hard to tax and the government hates any game they don’t get a piece of.
The whole thing looks pretty suspect to me, and I didn’t sign up to be raised by the all-important jerks that frequent our legislatures.
By the way:
Here’s a link to a site trying to rein in gambling. You know, cause it’ll mean Trouble (oh friends you got trouble! Right here in River City! That’s trouble with a T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool….). http://stopinternetgambling.com/
Tell me these people aren’t playing the nanny card.
Sorry ladies… Newsflash. I don’t care. Get a life. This one’s mine.
My 2 cents. Your mileage may vary.