My tl;dr Rant
I find it unacceptable that here in the United States of America, once a beacon of freedom and hope worldwide, online poker regulation is lumped in with some of the few countries who do not regulate it or outright ban it, the likes of Iran and North Korea. Further astounding me is there are politicians accepting "campaign contributions" from Sheldon Adelson, billionaire casino magnate, promoting a federal ban. Right here! In the Land of the Free!
This has progressed to the point that Mr. Adelson's Restoration of America's Wire Act (RAWA) legislation (bought and paid for) has been presented in the Senate by Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on 03/24/14 with three co-sponsors (S. 2159) and an identicial bill presented in the House by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on 03/26/14 with 18 co-sponsors (H.R. 4301). Both bills have a slim chance of outright passage at this time. However, with the amount of money Mr. Adelson is pouring to lobbyists and donating to politicians, it remains a very real possibility that the bill can be attached at the last minute to must-pass legislation similar to UIGEA in 2006. There is some indication that a Congressional Hearing may be held regarding these bills after the upcoming Congressional break, possibly in November.
Although online poker regulation in the USA may seem a trivial or non-critical issue to some, a federal ban has larger implications. Allowing a billionaire to purchase legislation imposing his outdated views on the general public is wrong, and if one area of internet commerce can be banned, it won't be long before others began seeking a ban on something they don't like or which benefits their personal business interests.
These are politicians we have voted into office and they need to know we do not support these restrictive and archaic bills. Commerce is now routinely conducted online, and online poker is a natural progression. This industry is available to citizens in almost every country globally and has been successfully regulated for over a decade. With the upcoming elections around the corner, now's the perfect time to let them know we want to embrace the existing technology available to provide safe, regulated, US-based sites. I know I don't want to live in the 1950's with the politicians supporting this ban or Mr. Adelson, and right along with the citizens of Iran and North Korea.
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