Saturday, July 29, 2006

Proportionality -- liberal Washington state style

The state of Washington recently criminalized online gambling making it a felony of the same grade sex offenders are slapped with. Maybe that makes sense to the democrats and liberals who pushed this, but it makes no sense to me.

Then again, it makes perfect sense from an angle other than proportionality -- that of a mob protecting its turf from a competitor. Governments are notoriously protective of their own rackets in the face of competition. Everyone in a city knows the mob pays off better percentages on the numbers racket than states do on their lotteries, and the mob's payoffs are of course untaxed and paid in cash. If people had a risk free choice, they'd almost always choose the mob over a state run racket, so the state's only option is to induce some level of "risk" to the players for using the non-official rackets.

Poker News
In January of this year, Democratic State Senator Margarita Prentice introduced legislation...Before it was passed out of the Senate for consideration from the Washington House of Representatives with no one voting against the bill on February 14th, the bill was amended to move the punishment for engaging in online wagering up from a gross misdemeanor to a Class C Felony, which outlines a punishment of up to ten years in prison and is usually reserved for prosecution of sex offenders who fail to register with the state under their “Megan’s Law” guidelines...

...the bill became law in the state of Washington and will take effect on June 7th.

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