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October 19, 2006

Great article on the Gambling bill...

I read this article in the New York Times and it was so damn good and to the point that I had to link to it! To read the entire article, just Click Here!

This article was written by Charles Murray who is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Among the things he mentions are:

"In the short term, this law all by itself could add a few more Democratic Congressional seats in the fall elections. We are talking about a lot of people (an estimated 23 million Americans gamble online) who are angry enough to vote on the basis of this one issue, and they blame Republicans. "


"In the long term, something more ominous is at work. If a free society is to work, the vast majority of citizens must reflexively obey the law not because they fear punishment, but because they accept that the rule of law makes society possible. That reflexive law-abidingness is reinforced when the laws are limited to core objectives that enjoy consensus support, even though people may disagree on means.

Thus society is weakened every time a law is passed that large numbers of reasonable, responsible citizens think is stupid. Such laws invite good citizens to choose knowingly to break the law, confident that they are doing nothing morally wrong."

Posted by fatbill at October 19, 2006 01:06 PM


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