Dear Mr. Murphy:
Thank you for contacting me with your support for a skill game exemption to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I appreciate hearing from you, although I regret that we do not agree on this particular issue.
Since 2006, numerous legislative measures have been introduced that would exempt certain games, predominantly determined by a player's skill, from those prohibited by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I have not supported these measures in the past, and I am not inclined to support similar measures introduced in the 111th Congress.
I have a number of concerns regarding Internet gambling and its potentially negative impact on families. Those who support the legislation claim that it includes protections against underage gambling. I, however, share the concern of many of my colleagues that Internet gambling is far too accessible to children. Some have pointed out that a teenager could easily get the family credit card, log on to the family computer, and loose thousands of dollars online, all before their parents get home from work. American families simply cannot afford these types of situations especially in our current economic situation.
Again, thank you for contacting me. If I can be of further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to call on me.
Member of Congress
Your kid steals your credit card and gamblies it all away? Gimme a break. The problem here is that YOUR KID STEALS YOUR CREDIT CARD! How does the kids method of spending your money make any difference? Personally, I would have taken my class to go see the new Star Trek, but that's just me. Howsabout we hide said credit card or teach our kids how to behave and not rely on the freakin' government. It's a baseless arguement.
Besides, your kid is much more likely to opt for easier illegal web activity such as porn.
I'll clean up this rebuttal a bit and write back to Mr. Linder. I'll keep you posted.