Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Contact Your Congressman & (Their Staff) Contacts You!

Georgia's Congressman recently replied to my e-mail sent via the Poker Player's Alliance (see last post.) I give credit for at least stating his/his party's/his staff's reasoning for standing with the UIGEA.
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.


John Linder
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.


  1. I've tried many times to write my congressman, too. Same type of response. I try rebuttals, but those are ignored, or I got the same basic form letter back.

    I doubt they ever make it to the congressman's eyes. That's what staff are for. Sure, they may help compose the responses based upon the topics... and hopefully some aggregate numbers like "We rec'd 140 letters pro-online poker this week, Senator" actually reach his ears, but 'writing your congressman' is never a 2-way conversation. It's basically reverse polling.

    I consider to send my PPA form letter in periodically, though.

  2. Strength in numbers, is all I can say.

  3. Strength in numbers, is all I can say.