It seems clear to me that the US government could throw a little water on the debt inferno that is our economy by legalizing poker and taxing the hell out of it. I'm all for it. The drawbacks of a high vice tax is a small price to pay to get my favorite game (and income source) back into the fold.
It may too late for it to be that easy. The US government has already forced very profitable companies like Poker Stars offshore. I can see the powers that be not wanting their people sending all their funds overseas.
I think US based casinos need to step up in their lobbying for on-line gambling. If Harrah's On-line offered a Poker Stars-like software based in America, the government may be more likely to pass along legislation allowing it. The US doesn't need to export it's citizens recreational money right now, I get it. We just need to all get on the same page.
So, this plea is for you, brick-and-mortar US-based casinos: fight for your own on-line ventures. If you do it right, you can do more than compete with the Full Tilt's of the world and get this country on track to freedom that has been denied us.